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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

West Bank lockdown extended.


Published Sunday 14/03/2010 (updated) 15/03/2010


Palestinian teachers argue with an Israeli soldier preventing them access through
a checkpoint in Qalqiliya between their homes and their work places on 11 March 2010.
[MaanImages/Khaleel Reash]
Bethelehem - Ma'an - Israeli authorities extended a closure of the West Bank on Saturday evening as restrictions on Palestinian entry into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound remain in place.


The closure, expected to end on Saturday night, was extended until Tuesday "In accordance with the directives of the Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak, and following additional situation assessments adopted by the defense establishment," an Israeli military statement read.
 
The military said people who will need to pass for humanitarian reasons, including medical patients en route for treatment, 1,500 medical workers, 1,100 religious workers, 550 teachers and other professional groups "will be permitted to cross subject to the authorization of the Civil Administration. The transfer of merchandise will operate regularly." 
 
Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Center for Civil and Economic Rights said Israeli forces continue to restrict access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem to men under 50.