IOF seizes Palestinian homes for military use

[ 19/04/2011 – 11:07 AM ]

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation force (IOF) has transformed several Palestinian homes in Al-Khalil province in the south West Bank into military posts and observation points.

The IOF turned the home of Palestinian man Issa al-Farroukh located on the intersection of Beit Anoun and Saeer overlooking Highway 60 into a military post, locals told the Palestinian Information Center. Several soldiers in full gear stationed themselves on the roof and restricted the zone to secure Passover celebrations of Jewish settlers.

The forces also seized the roof of the home of Omar Shabbana near the entrance of Bani Naim overlooking the highway and turned it into a permanent observation point. They said the home was near the site where a family of four Jewish settlers was killed nine months back.

The IOF has seized a number of rooftops in homes surrounding the Kiryat Arba settlement and turned them into observation posts. Residents were denied access to the roofs because of alleged security reasons related to the Jewish Passover.

The IOF has imposed a complete closure of the West Bank for ten days and closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil for Wednesday and Thursday for the Jewish celebrations.

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