UN: Israel has dismantled 20 percent of West Bank checkpoint

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 16, 2010 18:57

Israel has dismantled 20 percent of its West Bank checkpoints in the past year, a senior UN official said Wednesday.

Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN humanitarian affairs office in Jerusalem, said Israel has removed 121 checkpoints, easing Palestinian movement between villages and towns, but 505 checkpoints and dozens of road obstacles still hinder travel.Lazzarini said Wednesday that Israeli officials were also limiting Palestinian access to lands in the Jordan River valley and to farmlands cut off by Israel's separation barrier that juts into parts of the West Bank.


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