The Gaza Post | The News of Palestine – Ramallah
Palestinian Ministry of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs condemned Israel’s military siege imposed against more than a dozen Palestinian villages northwest of Jerusalem continued Thursday for the third day in a row, stressing that it critically affects daily life of over 70,000 civilians.
Israel imposed a siege on the villages in retaliation for the shooting and killing of an Israeli border policeman and two security men by a Palestinian from Beit Surik, one of 16 area villages affected by the army siege.
Local sources say Israeli soldiers maintained presence at checkpoints set up at the entrances to villages that lead to a number of area villages, banning people from leaving the area or entering it. The army also erected metal gates at the roads leading to these villages, according to WAFA news agency.
Residents were forced to use alternative unpaved roads to reach their workplaces or health and education facilities.
The Foreign ministry said in a statement that the Israeli siege affects all aspects of life in the villages, including closure of more than 50 schools while preventing people from getting their necessities such as medicine.
It said the nightly Israeli army raids on the villages terrorize children and the local unarmed civilian population, in addition to damaging private property, describing them as “collective punishment in violation of international law and a blatant violation of basic human rights.”