Closure of roads, settlement expansion in al-Khalil

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Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) blocked on Tuesday morning Beersheba main road downtown al-Khalil city in the southern West Bank for the second day in a row.

The PIC reporter said that dozens of settlers were seen ordering Palestinians to close their commercial shops and leave the street and Bab al-Zawiya area to ensure settlers’ entry to one of the old houses, claiming the existence of an ancient tomb inside.

Hundreds of settlers stormed al-Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil on Tuesday under the pretext of the Jewish holiday “Sukkot”. They performed Talmudic rituals in the holy site.

In a similar context, the Israeli government is supposed next week to decide on a resolution to establish 31 new settlement units in the heart of al-Khalil city.

The new housing units are to be constructed within a bus complex that was seized by Israeli forces 35 years ago. It is located on al-Shuhada Street and has many entrances to the Old City’s markets which suffer bad economic conditions.

(Source / 10.10.2017)

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