The Israeli army is continuing it’s siege Wednesday on several villages west of the West Bank city of Salfit.

Troops closed the checkpoint at the entrances of Al Zawia, Rafat, Dier Balot, and Masha village, disconnecting village residents from the city and each other, local sources reported.

Soldiers have been stopping cars and residents from crossing the checkpoint to get to their schools and jobs.

According to the local residents, soldiers have detained villagers trying to cross the checkpoint for long periods of time in the heat. This has added to to the already tense situation residents are currently living in, the sources added.