Israel Imposes Road Closure in West Bank

Israeli occupation forces imposed a blanket restriction on the freedom of movement for Palestinians in villages northwest of Ramallah, reported human rights organization B’Tselem.

On 5 December 2018, in the early morning hours, without notice, the army closed an iron gate on Road 450, which links villages northwest of Ramallah to the city.

The gate remained closed for over a month and was reopened by occupation forces on 14 January, only for it then to be closed again for several hours the next day.

Locals were thus forced to use an alternate route, which made travel slower and more difficult.

Palestinians told B’Tselem that the road closure also impacted family and social life, with many family gatherings postponed and friends and relatives avoided visiting one another as the trip, which normally takes minutes, had been extended to anywhere between half an hour and an hour.

Source: Palestine Chronicle