Pales­tinian vil­lage sealed off

Cape Times - - WORLD NEWS -

RAMALLAH: Is­raeli forces on Mon­day puni­tively sealed off a Pales­tinian vil­lage in the cen­tral oc­cu­pied West Bank, re­port­edly in re­tal­i­a­tion for con­tin­u­ous stone-throw­ing by youth from the area.

Lo­cals in the vil­lage of Deir Nitham said Is­raeli forces closed the main en­trances to the vil­lage, pre­vent­ing any­one from go­ing in or out.

The Is­raeli Army said this was in re­sponse to the con­tin­u­ous throw­ing of rocks by youths of the vil­lage at Is­raeli set­tlers’ ve­hi­cles pass­ing by on a main road.

Is­raeli forces stopped and searched res­i­dents of Deir Nitham, re­port­edly warn­ing them that they would be raid­ing the vil­lage daily “in order to pro­tect set­tlers”.

Is­rael of­ten im­poses puni­tive mea­sures for al­leged at­tacks on Is­raeli forces.

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