'IDF removed most W. Bank roadblocks'

Senior officer: Palestinian economy improving, pardoned Fatah men relinquished terror activities.

September 11, 2007 15:00
idf roadblock in w bank with un car

idf roadblock 298 88 idf. (photo credit: IDF [file])

In the past year, Israel has dismantled most of the roadblocks and temporary barriers in the West Bank, a senior officer in the IDF's Central Command said Tuesday. "In most of the area, Palestinian traffic is flowing and there is an improvement in the economy," he said, adding that the remaining roadblocks were "critical for security needs." Israel Radio quoted the officer as saying the IDF was continuing its surveillance of Fatah terrorist suspects who relinquished their weapons in exchange for Israeli amnesty. The officer said that surveillance had shown that many of them had indeed ceased their terrorist activities. Also, according to the officer, Palestinian Authority security forces are not targeting Hamas terrorists in the West Bank - as per Israel's request - but rather focusing solely on institutions affiliated with the Islamist organization such as charities and summer camps.

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