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Israeli forces close shops in Hebron’s old city

While merchants have been under settler attacks over the past week.

Jerusalem24 – Today, Saturday, Israeli forces closed several shops in Al-Shallaleh Street in the Old City of Hebron.

Local sources reported that the Israeli forces suddenly closed shops in Al-Shallala Street. Settlers under the protection of the Israeli army tried to do so with several other shops last week in the city.

The local merchants expressed their dissatisfaction with the repeated closure of their shops in the streets of Al-Shallaleh, Al-Zahid and Bab Al-Baladiyeh. They also expressed their frustration from continuous settler attacks over the past week, indicating that more than 45 shops that support dozens of families are threatened.

The mayor of Hebron Tayseer Abu Sneina, denounced Israel’s continuous attempts to empty the old city of Palestinians. Considering the closure of the shops a step towards Judaization of the heart of Hebron.

He also said that these shops are a source of livelihood for a number of Palestinian families, praising the steadfastness of the Palestinians in the closed areas adjacent to the settlements.

He also stressed the need for movement at all levels to stop these practices that could only inflame the situation in Hebron, explaining that the municipality is following up this issue legally through the legal committee in charge.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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