IOF hampers fire rescue mission in Jenin

10/04/2011 – 09:41 AM

JENIN, (PIC)– The Israel occupation forces (IOF) hampered efforts to put out a fire at a commercial center in East Barta’a west of Jenin as losses mounted to more than $1.5m.

A fierce fire broke out at an East Barta’a shopping center that includes 12 stores, but rescue teams were hassled as they tried to cross a military checkpoint situated on the nearby Israeli separation wall, locals reported.

Israeli soldiers hassled the civil defense team fire trucks from Jenin to cross the point for hours despite the enormity of the fire.

The sources said the soldiers tried to deliberately delay the passage of the fire vehicles as the fire worsened and spread across nearby shops as locals were only able to control it after seven hours of burning when the rescue truck entered the town

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