2 Israeli soldiers hit by Palestinian driver near Nablus
Published Saturday 05/10/2013 (updated) 06/10/2013 15:57
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Two Israeli border guards sustained minor injuries Saturday near the northern West Bank village of Burqa in Nablus district after a Palestinian driver hit them and sped away, according to Israeli sources.
The soldiers were standing near a military checkpoint when the Palestinian driver hit them, added sources.
Locals say dozens of Israeli soldiers had been deployed near Burqa-Bizaria crossroads and had begun a wide-scale inspection in the area.
They added that several flying checkpoints were erected along the road in the area in order to stop Palestinian vehicles for inspection.
Israeli forces maintain severe restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement in the West Bank through a complex combination of fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, roads forbidden to Palestinians but open exclusively to Jewish settlers, and various other physical obstructions.
At any given time there are about 100 permanent Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank, while surprise flying checkpoints often number into the hundreds.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.