Israeli forces close major checkpoint on Bethlehem-Ramallah road

Posted: 2014/12/21 in غير مصنف

Israeli forces on Sunday evening closed the Container checkpoint east of Bethlehem from both sides, causing major traffic jams for thousands of Palestinian commuters in the central West Bank.

A Ma’an reporter said that the closure resulted in a major traffic jam in the adjacent area, leaving hundreds of cars stranded on both sides of the checkpoint.

The Container checkpoint, located northeast of Bethlehem near the Wadi Nar canyon east of al-Sawahira al-Sharqiya village, is on the only major road open to Palestinians that connects the southern West Bank regions of Hebron and Bethlehem to the central and northern West Bank.

Although there are numerous other roads available to Jewish settlers to move between the two regions, for Palestinians the road is a crucial north-south link, and checkpoint closures can cause delays of many hours for commuters.

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