IOF declares Iraq Burin closed military zone

[ 28/05/2011 – 05:46 PM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)– The Israel occupation forces (IOF) has declared Iraq Burin village south of Nablus city in the West Bank a closed military zone in a bid to block media and activists from entering the village ahead of anti-apartheid wall protests.

The IOF has erected a barrier at the entrance between the villages of Iraq Burin and Tel, as soldiers have begun searching civilians and blocked entry to all but the village’s residents, Iraq Burin mayor Abdul-Raheem Qaddous told our correspondent.

Qaddous said the move was a proactive step to curb marches organized every Saturday by locals to protest the confiscation of land and settlement construction as well as repeated attacks by settlers.

Witnesses said the army used military vehicles to blockade the village’s main entrances and sent dozens of troops to stop foreign pro-Palestinian activists from nearing the village to show support. They have also restricted the movement and activities of locals themselves.

Jewish settlers, especially those from the nearby Bracha settlement, have notoriously attacked the village in efforts to take the land and stop locals from using the local well.


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