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Palestinian protest site declared closed military zone

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s army has declared two West Bank villages that are the site of weekly protests against the West Bank security fence closed military zones.

Soldiers posted signs in the Palestinian villages of Bil’in and Ni’lin announcing the order, which will be in effect every Friday for six months, according to Ynet.

Regular Friday demonstrations have been held in the villages for the last five years. Some of the demonstrations have turned violent; two demonstrators have been killed.

The order covers the land between the security barrier and built-up areas of Bil’in, as well as all of Ni’lin, according to Haaretz.

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