UN: Increase in Israeli checkpoints disruptive

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 11, 2006 18:27

Israel's network of military checkpoints and road barriers in the West Bank has grown by 40 percent in the past year, a UN agency said Wednesday. These physical obstacles are carving up the West Bank into separate parts, with travel between them becoming more and more difficult, said David Shearer, head of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Jerusalem. UN officials in Geneva, meanwhile, expressed concern about the ongoing closure of the Gaza Strip, including the crossing between Gaza and Egypt. "It cannot continue like it is now without a social explosion that will hurt everybody, including Israeli security," said Jan Egeland, the UN humanitarian chief.


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