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Israel closes West Bank and Gaza Strip crossings


Israel revokes Ramadan permits for Palestinians after attack

“This may amount to prohibited collective punishment and will only increase the sense of injustice and frustration felt by Palestinians in this very tense time”, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said at a press conference.

The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern over Israel’s response to Wednesday’s attack. And this it is doing.

Toner said the USA seeks to “simply caution” Israel to “take into account” the effect that these new security measures, including an increase in troops, will have on the lives of Palestinian civilians. There has been a sharp decline in attacks and the number of people injured in the period between the two incidents.

It said it was also sending two additional battalions into the occupied West Bank.

“Real weapons” are now hard to find and expensive in the West Bank due to raids carried out by Israel as well as those undertaken by forces of the Palestinian government, which rules about a third of the territory.

Israel last closed its crossings for two days in May during its remembrance day and independence day commemorations.

Israel has revoked 83,000 permits for Palestinians in the West Bank, barring them from entering the country during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Israeli border guards stand at the Israeli checkpoint between the West Bank town of Bethlehem and Jerusalem, as Palestinians head to Jerusalem to attend the first Friday noon prayers of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on June 10, 2016.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his defence minister and security leaders shortly after the attack and then traveled to the scene.

Police said the attackers were cousins from Yatta, a Palestinian village near Hebron.

In a more controversial move, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered, once again, for the immediate end to Israel’s policy of returning the bodies of fallen Palestinian terrorists to their families.

COGAT announced the measures after two Palestinians opened fire at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot near Israel’s military headquarters late yesterday, killing four people in one of the worst attacks in a months-long wave of violence.

“This operation proves that the occupation and the Palestinian Authority failed to stop the intifada”. He described the attacks as “cold-blooded murder” and vowed retaliation.

“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed”, it said.

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