Days of Palestine

Sunday, March 26

Israeli Occupation Forces Imposes Siege on Jericho for Sixth Day in a Row

Israeli Occupation Forces Imposes Siege on Jericho for Sixth Day in a Row
M.Y | DOP -

Israeli occupation forces kept up the blockade of Jericho, a city that is under Israeli occupation in the West Bank, for the sixth day running, as per local and security sources.

The Israeli occupation forces was reported to have placed checkpoints and cement blocks at the primary and secondary entrances to the city, halting all cars and carefully inspecting every car going out of the city as well as the IDs of the passengers.

The occupation forces made their way to Aqabat Jaber refugee camp southwest of the city. As they arrived, they launched tear gas canisters at the young Palestinians at the entrance, but there were no casualties.

People who reside in Jordan or are visiting the country, and must pass through Jericho on their way to the Karama bridge, have complained of having to wait a long time and to be subject to extensive searches at the military checkpoints that block the city‘s entrance points.

Last week, the Israeli occupation forces placed a siege on Jericho after an attempted shooting at an Israeli restaurant outside the city, presuming the alleged assailant had fled there.

Palestinians have expressed outrage over the Israeli alleged decision to mete out collective punishment to the entire community of Jericho in the wake of the attack. This has had a significant impact on the economy of the city, especially during the peak season, as Jericho is a popular destination for both domestic and international travelers due to its mild winter climate and scenic landscape.