Israeli forces set up checkpoint in Jenin village
Published Tuesday 22/10/2013 (updated) 23/10/2013 11:50
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the Jenin village of Qabatiya on Tuesday and set up a military checkpoint, locals said.
Eyewitnesses said that four Israeli military patrols and a military vehicle carrying 20 soldiers were stationed at the southern entrance to Qabatiya.
They subsequently set up a military checkpoint and checked the IDs of Palestinians passing along the road, as well as inspecting passing Palestinian vehicles.
Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces, as local villagers reacted to the military checkpoints' presence.
Palestinians threw stones and empty bottles toward Israeli forces while soldiers fired tear gas and sound bombs.
No detentions or injuries were reported, and Israeli forces subsequently left the village.
An Israeli army spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.
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 Israelis, 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.