Israeli forces reopen Palestinian city Ramallah

Palestinian central city of Ramallah reopens after alleged shooting attack

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli troops inspect the scene of a shooting attack at an Israeli checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah January 31, 2016

West Bank Palestinian city of Ramallah was reopened late on Monday night by Israeli military forces after an alleged shooting attack occurred on Sunday. As a result of the alleged attack, Israeli forces imposed a closure of surrounding roads for a whole day.

The Israeli military announced that traffic to and from the city has been brought back to normal, a move made with the purpose of allowing for a "situation assessment".

During the Palestinian uprising, the Israeli-occupied West Bank city had gone through "internal closures" but this had not taken place for a decade.

The restriction enforced early on Monday blocked access to Ramallah city by non-residents, allowing for only residents of other cities and also humanitarian cases to leave the city.

Despite the measures, long queues were formed in the morning forcing the authorities to open the crowded checkpoint.

The move came a day after a Palestinian policeman who served as a bodyguard for the Palestinian attorney general allegedly opened fire at a checkpoint near the city, wounding three soldiers.

The continuously rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the region derives from the construction of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Approximately 400,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank in settlements that are largely condemned as being illegal by the international community, which sees settlement building as undermining international efforts to reach a two-state solution.

​Since October, at least 165 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis over alleged attacks while at least 26 Israelis and one American student have lost their lives due to violence in the area.

TRTWorld and agencies