Israeli military blockades Palestinian village

Israeli Army seals off Palestinian village in occupied northern West Bank

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Israeli border police stand guard at Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City.

The Israeli army said on Thursday that it has sealed off a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank.

According to the "situation assessment" released by the Israeli military, all the exits and entrances of the village of Kabatiya were sealed off until further notice by the army after three men allegedly staged an attack that killed one police officer and wounded another on Wednesday.

An official who spoke to Agence France Presse on condition of anonymity said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israeli Army forces to block the occupied Northern West Bank village and carry out arrests in the area.

Such internal closures were common during the second Palestinian intifada (uprising) but have been rarely used in recent years.

Only three days ago the Palestinian city of Ramallah was also closed by Israeli soldiers for one day after an alleged attack by a Palestinian.

Palestinians accuse Israel of using excessive force to suppress the unrest caused by the frustration of years of occupation and say such collective punishment only encourages retaliation.

The blockades came amid rising Israeli-Plaestinian tensions that flared up in September 2015 once again when the Israeli Army entered the Al Aqsa compound in occupied East Jerusalem and attacked Muslim worshippers while vandalising the holy mosque.

Since October 1 at least 164 Palestinians, including many children, have been killed by Israeli forces while 25 Israelis and an American and an Eritrean have also been killed.

Many institutions and world leaders have expressed their concerns regarding the escalating violence. The European Union, the United Nations and the United States said restraint was necessary to ensure the violence does not escalate further.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called for an investigation last month to determine whether Israel was guilty of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians during months of violence in the country.

France is attempting to revive peace talks between Israel and Palestine to end the crisis and reach a two-state solution, saying that it will recognise the Palestine as a state if other efforts fail.


TRTWorld and agencies