The Israeli army imposed a closure on the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank at dawn this morning, preventing the movement of goods and commodities “until further notice”, Wafa has reported.
Palestinian security sources have been quoted as saying that the occupation army closed Al-Jalama and Salem military checkpoints leading to Jenin in both directions. The sources stated that the movement of goods and commodities was being blocked; workers were not allowed to move from Jenin into Israeli territory; and no entry into the city was allowed.
The closure reflects the tension witnessed in Jenin in recent hours, especially since Palestinian gunmen withheld the body of an Israeli youth two days ago after he was killed in a traffic accident, assuming that he was a soldier in the Israeli army. Israeli media outlets confirmed that the body of the youth was handed over to the Israeli Civil Administration after talks conducted by the Palestinian Authority and mediated by the UN.
Earlier, the official Palestinian radio station reported that Palestinian gunmen were holding the youth’s body in the Jenin refugee camp, demanding the “release of the bodies of martyrs” being held by Israel.
Meanwhile, a strike prevails in Nablus and the surrounding areas in the northern West Bank today, in mourning for the three Palestinians who were martyred by Israelis on Wednesday.