Israeli forces set up flying checkpoint near Beit Ummar
Published Sunday 12/01/2014 (updated) 13/01/2014 10:32
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday set up a flying checkpoint near the entrance of a southern West Bank village, a popular committee spokesman said.
Soldiers stopped traffic near the entrance of Beit Ummar, searching vehicles and checking identity cards, Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma'an.
Awad said the flying checkpoint caused a traffic jam on the road connecting Hebron and Jerusalem.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said the checkpoint was set up because Palestinians hurled rocks at a settler bus earlier in the day.
"Damage was caused," she said.
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 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.