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Israeli forces close Nablus-area road

May 17, 2017 4:23 P.M. (Updated: May 17, 2017 4:23 P.M.)
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces temporarily closed off a road in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Wednesday.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli forces had informed the Huwwara municipality on Tuesday that the village’s main road would be closed to traffic from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Daghlas added that Israeli forces were opening the nearby Awarta checkpoint to allow people to pass through that road instead.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army told Ma’an that they had no information on the road being closed by Israeli forces, but said that they had heard that Palestinians were demonstrating in the area by blocking of roads.

While Palestinians used burning tires to close a main road in the West Bank district of Tulkarem overnight Tuesday in solidarity with a mass hunger strike underway in Israeli prisons, Ma’an did not receive any reports of roads being closed in protest in the Huwwara area on Wednesday.

The Israeli army checkpoint near Huwwara and nearby roads have been closed several times since the beginning of the year.

Palestinian communities are routinely subjected to arbitrary road closures by Israeli military forces for purported "security reasons," an act which rights groups have denounced as amounting to collective punishment.
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