Entrance to Ramallah closed after terror attack

Security forces only allowing residents of the city to enter, as part of security precautions following Sunday's shooting attack.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Site of Bet El attack
Site of Bet El attack
Arutz Sheva

Israeli security forces on Monday blocked entry for non-residents to the city of Ramallah, where the Palestinian Authority is based, after a shooting attack the previous day that wounded three soldiers, the army said.

"In accordance with situation assessments following yesterday's shooting attack in Beit El, security measures have been taken in the area and only residents of Ramallah are allowed to enter the city," a military spokeswoman said.  

The measure applied to foreigners as well, she said.

The spokeswoman said a decision on when to lift the measure would depend on security assessments.  The northern road into Ramallah has been shut completely since yesterday's attack.

A Palestinian police officer, who had worked as a guard for the attorney general's office in Ramallah, opened fire at a checkpoint outside the city on Sunday, wounding three Israeli soldiers before being shot dead.

The same checkpoint, regularly used by diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers, was closed on Monday morning, as were other entrances in the area.

Vehicles were being allowed to enter through at least one road after being searched, with a long line of cars waiting to pass through.

A large number of Palestinians, aid workers and diplomats commute to Ramallah for work on a daily basis.  

It is the first time such a drastic measure has been taken since the latest wave of Arab terrorist attacks began some five months ago.

AFP contributed to this report.



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