Is­rael locks down flash­point He­bron af­ter deadly at­tacks

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IS­RAELI troops locked down the oc­cu­pied West Bank’s most pop­u­lous city He­bron and sur­round­ing vil­lages yes­ter­day af­ter two Is­raelis were killed in Pales­tinian at­tacks nearby.

The crack­down comes amid a flare-up in nine months of deadly violence as the end of the Mus­lim fast­ing month of Ra­madan looms, and af­ter key diplo­matic play­ers called for ur­gent steps by both sides to re­vive the mori­bund peace process.

The army had ear­lier said it would also de­ploy two ad­di­tional bat­tal­ions to the area.

The mea­sures were de­scribed as the “most sub­stan­tial steps on the ground” since 2014, when Is­raeli forces car­ried out a huge search op­er­a­tion in the south­ern West Bank for three young hitch­hik­ers ab­ducted and later found mur­dered by Pales­tinian mil­i­tants.

At least 214 Pales­tini­ans, 34 Is­raelis, two Amer­i­cans, an Eritrean and a Su­danese have been killed in a wave of violence that has rocked Is­rael and the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries since Oc­to­ber last year.

The army has said that around 80 of the at­tacks on Is­raelis have been car­ried out by Pales­tini­ans from the He­bron area.

Sev­eral hun­dred Jewish set­tlers live in a tightly guarded en­clave in the heart of the city of more than 200,000 Pales­tini­ans, a per­sis­tent source of ten­sions. –

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