Israeli Army Intensifies Military Restrictions at Nablus’ Town

NABLUS, April 3, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli army Sunday intensified its military restrictions and checkpoints at all entrances leading to the town of Huwwara to the south of Nablus, as well as closed a number of commercial shops in the town centre.

Security sources informed WAFA that armed soldiers intensified their security procedures at the town’s entrances, as well as forced a number of locals to close their shops, in the aftermath of an alleged stone-throwing  attack against an Israeli settler’s vehicle.

According to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights and information center, “Israel’s restrictions on Palestinians’ freedom of movement in the West Bank are enforced by a system of fixed checkpoints, surprise flying checkpoints, physical obstructions, roads on which Palestinians are forbidden to travel, and gates along the Separation Barrier.”

“The restrictions enable Israel to control Palestinian movement throughout the West Bank as suits its interests, in a sweeping breach of Palestinians’ rights.”

B’Tselem said in April 2015, there were 96 fixed checkpoints in the West Bank, including 57 internal checkpoints, located well within the West Bank. The figure for internal checkpoints includes 17 in Area H2 in Hebron, where there are small Israeli settlement enclaves.

“In April 2015 the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) counted 361 flying checkpoints as compared with 456 in December 2014, 256 in December 2013, and 65 from September 2008 through March 2009.”

In October 2015, an ailing 65-year-old woman who suffered from respiratory problems and was on her way to hospital died due to the long delay at an Israeli military checkpoint in East Jerusalem