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Israel lifts ban on international travel for Hebron residents
Published Sunday 29/06/2014 (updated) 29/06/2014 19:08
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel has ended a ban on the international travel of Palestinian residents of Hebron beginning Sunday, the Palestinian general director of crossings and borders said.

The ban on Hebron residents using the Allenby Bridge -- the only connection to the outside world for West Bank residents under military occupation and banned from using Israel's nearby Ben Gurion airport -- was imposed on the 800,000 residents of Hebron two weeks ago after three Israeli teenagers went missing from the Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion.

The ban was lifted after great effort on the part of Palestinian officials, general director Nathmi Muhanna said.

Muhanna told Ma'an that Israeli authorities notified the Palestinian minister of civil affairs Hussein al-Sheikh that Palestinians from the Hebron district are now permitted to use the Allenby Bridge, sometimes called the King Hussein or Karama crossing, into and from Jordan.

He added that all travelers from Hebron who entered the crossing Sunday were allowed to leave for Jordan, and not a single passenger was denied.

The ban was imposed as part of wider restrictions on the movement of all Palestinians from Hebron, and the Israeli military continues to maintain a heavy presence in the region as the search for the three teenagers continues.

Israel has accused Hamas of being behind the "kidnapping," a charge Hamas has strongly denied.

Since the campaign began, seven Palestinians in the West Bank have been killed, more than 130 injured, and nearly 600 detained.

Palestinian officials have accused Israel of engaging in "collective punishment" in the campaign.
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1 ) Mel / USA
29/06/2014 16:10
Be careful Palestinians! They might not let you BACK IN? Considering that Israel wants to completely 'sterilize'Hebron(in more ways than one)of non-Jews &it's already encased by extremist Jews whose plan is to annex(an all-Jewish)Hebron to the Negev colonies(incld transfer of Bedouin&Black immigrants).Shuhada Street might be taken away too,under'AbsenteePropertyLaws & Hafrada Laws(segregation)?They can lock you out,under"emergency"rules?Just like 1947! CAREFUL!

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
29/06/2014 18:22
'Israel lifts ban on international travel for Hebron residents.' Ah. It was a ban on PALESTINIAN residents. For a bit there, I was wondering if it applied to the Master Race as well.

3 ) gabi / australia
01/07/2014 10:01
if Israel is so sure Hamas was behind the kidnapping, then they must know who actually did it . . . so why punish all and sundry? Oh, well, silly question really - that's what they always do, isn't it?
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