The Israeli army has imposed another curfew on the village of Awarta, south-east of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus. This comes six days after a previous curfew was lifted in the wake of the murder of five settlers in the illegal Itamar settlement adjacent to the village.
Local sources in Awarta said that Israeli forces stormed into the village, closed its gates and established road-blocks. Announcing the curfew through loudspeakers, the soldiers gave no reason for its imposition. The original curfew had been in place as part of the army’s campaign of searches and arrests in the village trying to find out who killed the settlers.