Israel imposes closure on Palestinian village near Hebron following ramming attack

November 27, 2015 19:07


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Israeli authorities have sealed off the Palestinian village of Beit Ummar near the southern West Bank town of Hebron on Friday, diplomatic officials told local media.

The decision was made in line with a cabinet resolution on Thursday mandating that the army hermetically seal any Palestinian area for the purposes of preventing an anticipated attack on Israelis.

Earlier on Friday, a Palestinian assailant from Beit Ummar rammed into six IDF soldiers as they stood on the side of the road, near the entrance to the village that is located off of Route 60 in between Gush Etzion and Hebron.

The assailant was shot and killed while he was still in his car. A Palestinian flag lay on the seat of his blue vehicle. According to Palestinian reports, he was identified as Issa Arafat, 18, of Beit Ummar.

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