Six new closures in towns and villages of Nablus city
- Violation: sealing off roads and entrances
- Location: Aorta, Burin and Beita villages
- Date: September 20+21, 2016
- Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces
In less than a month from sealing of nine main roads and another two sub-ones in Nablus villages, the occupation came back today and closed new roads and reinforced closure on the already closed ones.
- Sealing of the eastern entrance of Burin village:
It is reported that Israeli Occupation Forces raided on September 20, 2016 the village of Burin and sealed off its eastern entrance via earth mounds. Tens of thousands of inhabitants of the village and the nearby ones will be affected due to this closure, given that the road is a linking point between Madama and Asira villages. People of those villages are now forced to take new longer and steep routes to reach their daily destinations.
- Closure on agricultural roads in Burin village
Not only it closed the entrance of Burin village, the occupation went further and closed two agricultural roads that lead to the village's neighborhoods. The two roads also link the village with the bypass road no.60.
- Reclosing the Awarta- Nablus western road
In less than a week from opening the road, Israeli Occupation Forces closed it again by earth mounds. A massive damage followed the residents of Awarta and Odala villages, south Nablus as a result.
It should be marked that the closure came in time with a statement for the army commander in the West Bank to open the roads and facilitate Palestinians' movement. This falsifies the Israeli claim of assuring stability in the area. Noteworthy, Israeli Occupation Forces closed the road many times since the beginning of 2016 on "Security claims".
- Reinforcing closure on Beita entrance
Land Research Center documented on September 21, 2016 an incident where Israeli Occupation Forces reinforced closure on the western entrance of Beita village. Earth mounds were installed next to road blocks that are founded there.
It is reported that the closure came as collective punishment on the village's residents. It also caused a negative effect on the village's central market of vegetables, which is considered a main source of income for tens of families.
- Reinforcing closure on Einabus- Huwwara road:
On September 21, 2016, Israeli Occupation Forces reinforced closure on Einabus- Huwwara road. New road blocks were installed next to road blocks that are already founded there.
The road is considered a linking point between the villages of Einabus, Zeita, Urif, Jamma'in with Huwwara town en route to Nablus city. The crucial road serves around 15,000 people and boosts the economic status because it is used for moving the stones from Jamma'in stone crushers to all Palestinian cities.
Land Research Center sees that the policy of roads closures as a collective punishment to limit down Palestinians' movement.
International conventions and laws regarding freedom of movement which Israel unabatedly violates:
- Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”.
- Article 5: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.
- Article 9: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”.
- Article 13: Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
- Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
- Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation.”
- Article 9: “Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedure as are established by law.
The Land Research Center