February 1, 2016 5:47 am

Israeli military partially closes main Palestinian city after shooting attack

Israeli soldiers take security measures at the Beit El check point after they shot dead a Palestinian who allegedly opened fire at them in Ramallah, West Bank on January 31, 2016. (Photo by Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territory – The Israeli military says it has partially closed off the main Palestinian city in the West Bank following a shooting attack near there the previous day.

The military said Monday that only humanitarian cases will be allowed to leave Ramallah and only residents can enter.

The Palestinian Authority is headquartered in Ramallah, which is around 12 miles (20 kilometres) from Jerusalem.

The military appeared to be opening checkpoints intermittently and cars could be seen leaving the city.

“Internal closures” were common during the Palestinian uprising that ended a decade ago, but have been rarely used in recent years.

The measure came after a Palestinian policeman opened fire on soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint near the city a day earlier, wounding three.


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