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Palestinian pedestrians barred from using southern entrance to Wadi a-Nasara neighborhood, 2017

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20 Jul 2017
May D’ana

Wadi a-Nasara, al-Hareqa and Jabal Juhar are three Palestinian neighborhoods (pop. ~45,000) in the southern part of Hebron. The settlement of Kiryat Arba was established nearby, and settlers use the main road that links the neighborhoods and leads to al-Haram al-Ibrahimi (the Tomb of the Patriarchs). In Nov. 2002, Palestinians killed twelve members of the Israeli security services on that road. The military then erected a 2-km barrier between Wadi a-Nasara and the neighborhoods south of it, barred vehicular access by Palestinians to the neighborhood, and did not even allow Palestinian pedestrians to use the road, forcing them to use a rock-strewn field by the side of the road. In May 2017 the military barred Palestinians from walking even there, and as of June irregularly allows them to do so.

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