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Israel declares West Bank town a ‘military zone’

Israeli soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in West Bank [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages]
Israeli soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in West Bank [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages]

Israel has blocked all routes to a town east of the occupied West Bank city of Qalqilya preventing anyone from entering or leaving it, according to Wafa news agency.

Late last night, Israeli occupying forces declared Azzun a closed military area and set up checkpoints on all roads leading to it.

Read: Israel confiscates Palestinian land for ‘military purposes

Witnesses reported that army units patrolled the streets checking identity card, and that several homes were raided.

Several clashes broke out between the Palestinian residents and the occupying forces; Israeli police responded by firing stun grenades at the protestors’ homes leading to a number of people to suffocate.

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