Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Closure in Hebron

The CPT delegation arrived in Hebron on Monday afternoon to find the main road into the city closed. Soldiers had set up a checkpoint around 7 a.m., our cab driver told us, and were letting cars through intermittently. The checkpoint was set up Sunday after a 25-year-old Hamas activist was killed by soldiers who demolished his home on top of him following a 12-hour standoff. ISM reports that another house was also demolished during the operation.

The checkpoint halted traffic both entering and leaving the city. A Reuters photographer told us that a woman had given birth at the checkpoint about an hour earlier, which a Ma'an report confirmed.

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