Israeli forces close 2 Nablus checkpoints
Published Sunday 23/02/2014 (updated) 25/02/2014 11:59
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday closed two checkpoints in the northern West Bank, forcing cars to take alternative routes, witnesses said.
Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces closed the Huwarra and Zaatara checkpoints south of Nablus in order to examine suspicious items in the area.
Bomb experts arrived at the scene to examine the objects, the witnesses said, without elaborating.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said that two Palestinians near the Yizhar settlement south of Nablus were found carrying "six IEDs,"
though she could not immediately confirm whether this caused the checkpoint closures.
The spokeswoman said the Palestinians were "questioned at the scene" and that the "IEDs were detonated in a controlled manner."
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.