Israeli forces blockade Palestinian village following gunman attack

Published March 13th, 2016 - 10:06 GMT
Israeli soldiers man an army checkpoint at the borderpoint between Israel and Egypt, north of the Red Sea town of Eilat. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
Israeli soldiers man an army checkpoint at the borderpoint between Israel and Egypt, north of the Red Sea town of Eilat. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

The Israeli Defence Forces on Saturday night imposed a partial siege on the Palestinian village of Beit Ur al-Tahta in the West Bank, where the suspected gunman in a shooting attack on a military checkpoint on Friday was believed to have fled to following the incident.

The IDF was only permitting residents to enter and exit the central West Bank village for humanitarian purposes, a military spokesperson said.

Two IDF soldiers were wounded in the shooting by a Palestinian gunman on Route 443 near Bet Horon in the West Bank's Binyamin region.


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