Middle East Monitor / October 30, 2021
Israeli occupation forces on Friday locked up two Palestinian neighbourhoods with iron gates in the occupied West Bank, Anadolu Agency reported.
According to Anadolu Agency, the Israeli occupation closed the iron gate of the neighbourhood of Sanjal in the north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, preventing people from entering or leaving the area.
The reporter said that the iron gate had been placed at the neighbourhood’s main entrance for years, and the Israeli occupation has used it to impose “collective punishment” against its residents under different pretexts.
He reported that the Israeli occupation closed the gate this time over claimed reports that the residents of the neighbourhood threw stones at the vehicles of Jewish settlers.
Meanwhile, the reporter disclosed that the neighbourhood was subjected to Israeli night raids, during which Israeli forces threw gas canisters at the residents for three consecutive nights before its gate was closed.
At the same time, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the Israeli occupation closed with an iron gate on the road of Beit Aynoun leading to the Sa’eer neighbourhood in Al-Khalil/Hebron.
Local sources told Wafa that there was no reason for the closure of this road, which renders the neighbourhood of Sa’eer under full closure.
In 2018, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs shared that more than 700 Israeli barricades, checkpoints and gates partition the West Bank into very small cantons used by Israel to restrict or block the movement of Palestinian pedestrians and commuters.