Palestinians blocked from entering Maale Adumim settlement

Israeli forces block Palestinians from entering Israeli settlement Ma'ale Adumim for five days in occupied West Bank

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A Palestinian teacher leads a class of children from a local community near the Maale Adumim settlement east of Jerusalem after Israeli forces destroyed their classrooms and homes that were built with donations, taken February 23, 2016.

Israeli forces have blocked Palestinians from entering one of the largest Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank for five days after an alleged attack wounded a security guard, an official said.

The Israeli forces' ban on Palestinian entry to the Maale Adumim settlement is reported to last until Thursday and affects more than 500 Palestinians, a settlement spokesman said.

The ban had initially occurred after the incident, and the measure has now been extended.

The decision came as Israeli authorities announced they had arrested a Palestinian teenager alleged to have committed a stabbing attack.

The suspect is reported to be Saadi Ali Abu Hamad from the nearby town of Al Azariya.

Ali Abu Hamad was arrested after a family member reportedly told authorities he was ready to turn himself in.

Maale Adumim has a population of 36,000 and is a large settlement in the West Bank.

In a recent wave of violence, Israeli forces have killed at least 186 Palestinians and another 15,645 were injured by troops, some 1,500 had been struck by heavy ammunition, while more than 3,000 had sustained injuries from rubber bullets. While 28 Israelis have been killed during the same period.

Most of the Palestinians were killed under the common accusation of allegedly carrying out knife and car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Some were shot dead during protests and demonstrations, meanwhile Palestinian children as young as seven have been injured by forces firing rubber coated steel bullets.

Many analysts suggest Israel’s occupation of Palestine, its violent oppression of Palestinian communities, the complete lack of effort in its peace progress and extrajudicial killings of Palestinians has lead to the unrest in the region.

Palestine blames incitement by Israeli leaders as the main cause of the violence.

Many of the Palestinians that were shot had been children or teenagers under the age of 18.

The United States, European Union and United Nations have expressed that restraint is necessary to ensure that violence does not escalate further.

Palestinian groups have accused Israel of using excessive force in attacks, which have raised fears of wider confrontation, only a few months after Israeli fighter jets bombed civilians in the northern Gaza Strip.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, meanwhile the Israeli government disputes the claim.

TRTWorld and agencies