Israel removes more West Bank roadblocks


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s army removed two roadblocks in the Ramallah area.

The removal Wednesday was undertaken "in accordance with decisions made by the Israeli government, to take various steps which would significantly improve the daily life of Palestinian civilians in the Judea and Samaria region," according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The removal came a day after IDF leaders met with the head of the Palestinian Security Forces in charge of civilian affairs in the region, Hassin el-Sheik.

A checkpoint near Nablus will now operate 24 hours a day as well.

Also Wednesday, the army declared the area around Nablus a closed military zone in order to prevent left-wing activists from interfering with security at area checkpoints, Ha’aretz reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli security forces on Wednesday evacuated for the second time an illegal West Bank outpost. Maoz Esther was dismantled two weeks ago, but young activists rebuilt several structures on the hilltop. Two structures were destroyed during Wednesday’s evacuation.

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