Israel tightens its military measures in Deir Ballut

Days of Palestine - Salfit

The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday tightened their military measures at the Deir Ballut checkpoint, west of Salfit.

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces set up a military checkpoint at the entrance to the town, checked citizens' identities, obstructed the movement of vehicles, and caused a stifling traffic crisis.

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Deir Ballut is a Palestinian town located in the Salfit Governorate in the northern West Bank, 41 kilometers southwest of Nablus. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, it had a population of 3,195 in 2007.

Since the Six-Day War in 1967, Deir Ballut has been under Israeli occupation.

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After the 1995 accords, 5.2% of village land was classified as Area B, the remaining 94.8% as Area C. Israel has confiscated 171 dunums of village land for the Israeli settlements of Penuel and Alei Zahav.

By 2020, there were reports about untreated sewage from the nearby Israeli settlements of Leshem, Peduel, and Beit Aryeh-Ofarim being dumped on Deir Ballut land.

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