Israel Closes Nablus Checkpoint, Prevents Crossing of Palestinian Residents

NABLUS, November 26, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli army on Wednesday closed the major Huwwara checkpoint located at the southern entrance of Nablus, in the northern West Bank, preventing Palestinian residents’ movement in and out of it, according to witnesses.

They said army forces have blocked the checkpoint multiple times since last week, denying all Palestinian vehicles access through it.

To be noted, dozens of permanent Israeli checkpoints are deployed across the West Bank villages, towns and main routes, in addition to hundreds of surprise flying checkpoints.

A report published by al-Haq human rights organization, highlighted Israel’s consistent use of force against Palestinians at Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, The World Bank stressed that: “The complex system of restrictions on movement and access imposed by Israel is the most significant impediment to Palestinian private sector growth.”

The following link, published by OCHA, provides an overview of checkpoints in West Bank:

A report issued by UNSCO said that, “Citing security concerns, Israel continues construction of the Barrier, despite the advisory opinion issued ten years ago by the International Court of Justice that established that the sections of the Barrier which run inside the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, together with the associated gate and permit regime, violate Israel’s obligations under international law.”

It said that, “At the end of 2013, approximately 62 per cent of the Barrier had been completed and 10% was under construction. The Barrier divides Palestinian communities, encircles some, and isolates others from their surroundings, while separating East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank.”