Israel issues order to close road near Bethlehem
Published Tuesday 03/09/2013 (updated) 04/09/2013 02:31
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Tuesday issued notification to close an agricultural road south of Bethlehem, locals said.
Ahmad Sukkar, director of Wadi Fukin village council, said the road was created a year ago to help local farmers reach their land.
The village is subject to multiple Israeli orders which restrict Palestinians and confiscate land for nearby settlements in the Gush Etzion bloc, Sukkar said.
The village is completely surrounded by illegal settlements, he added.
The closure of the road will mean farmers can no longer access their agricultural land.