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Israeli forces temporarily close Qalandiya checkpoint after ‘suspicious object’ found

Aug. 2, 2017 5:38 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2017 5:56 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces closed the Qalandiya military checkpoint in the central occupied West Bank on Wednesday after a “suspicious object” was reportedly found in the area, only to reopen it two hours later after the object was determined to be a plastic bag with garbage inside it. 

According to a witness at the scene, Israeli forces closed the checkpoint, the main crossing for Palestinians to travel between Ramallah and Jerusalem, in both directions for pedestrians and vehicles.

Israeli authorities had claimed that a “suspicious object” was found in the area. However, the witness said that the engineering unit of the Israeli army later discovered that the object was actually a plastic bag with garbage inside it, and was subsequently reopened. 

An Israeli police spokesperson could not immediately comment on the incident. 
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