Israel bars Palestinians from settlement bloc

Restriction applied to the areas, where an estimated 2,000 Palestinians work

Israel bars Palestinians from settlement bloc

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Israeli army on Monday prohibited Palestinians from entering a large settlement bloc in the occupied West Bank after the alleged stabbing attack last week.

The move comes as Israel seeks to halt nearly two months of violence, including knife, gun and car-ramming attacks.

The restriction applied to the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, south of Jerusalem, as well as the nearby settlement towns of Efrat and Beitar Ilit, where an estimated 2,000 Palestinians work.

The Etzion bloc, Efrat and Beitar Ilit are home to some 92,000 Israelis.

Palestinians were being allowed to travel on the area's main roads but not enter settlement neighbourhoods, which are usually gated and guarded, a military spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman could not say how long the measure would be in place.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also ordered additional security measures in Hebron to halt what he has called "terrorism by individuals, occasionally with kitchen knives, who are incited mainly by social media."

The army has erected extra roadblocks in areas connecting to Palestinian villages and overnight arrested five Palestinians in the Hebron area, the military spokeswoman said.

The wave of violence since October 1 has left 89 dead on the Palestinian side, including one Arab Israeli, as well as 16 Israelis.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Kasım 2015, 10:44