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Israeli forces prevent Palestinians in Salfit-area village from praying on their lands

May 5, 2017 10:28 P.M. (Updated: May 6, 2017 7:20 P.M.)
SALFIT (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces prevented Palestinians from performing Friday prayers for the third consecutive week in the village of Deir Istiya in the occupied West Bank district of Salfit near an agricultural road that was closed by Israeli forces last year, preventing Palestinians from accessing their lands. 

Local resident Nitham al-Khatib told Ma’an that Israeli forces prevented Palestinians from performing prayers on their lands, saying that their lands were the site of Israeli military posts. 

Al-Khatib added that a verbal dispute erupted between the Israeli soldiers and Palestinians. However, no clashes had erupted. He added that after they were denied access to their lands, they performed prayers at the closed road that leads to their lands.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an she would look into reports on the incident. 

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