Israeli soldiers stationed at Al Bathan military checkpoint, northeast of the West Bank city of Nablus declared it a closed military zone, Saturday morning.

Scores of residents coming from the nearby city and villages were not able to go through for their work or schools, eyewitnesses reported.

Clsing this chekcpoint paralizes life in that areas because since a week, Israeli army forced residents to use this checkpoint as their way in and out of Nablus.