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Israel eases blockade of several Palestinian towns

Israel announced it was relaxing its blockade of Palestinian towns in the West Bank after warnings that its harsh occupation was fostering extremism. “The movement of private vehicles (between towns) will be possible after the issuing of special authorisations” by the military authorities, an Israeli army statement said Wednesday. The statement also confirmed the re-establishment of public transportation between towns. However the easing of restrictions will not apply to Nablus and Jenin, in the northern West Bank. Israel sealed off the West Bank after a massive suicide bomb in the northern town of Haifa a month ago but the army chief of staff General Moshe Yaalon said last week that the blockade was proving counterproductive by encouraging extremism, including in traditionally quieter Palestinian areas. Full Story

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