The Israeli army tightened its military measures on two military checkpoints located around the northern West Bank city of Nablus and invaded Al Ein refugee camp in the city on Wednesday morning.  

  For the first time at Howara checkpoint, located on the southern entrance of Nablus, soldiers used  x-ray machines to search Palestinian civilians leaving or entering the city. Troops also forced all men to left up their shirts in adition to the their IDs. This toke much longer than normal according to one of the residents passing through the checkpoint. 

  Palestinian residents of Nablus reported that due to these unjustified regulations by the army at Howara checkpoint scores of residents missed their jobs and schools for the day.

  Even worse, Israeli soldiers stationed at Al Bathan military checkpoint, located on the eastern entrance of Nablus, closed the checkpoint entirely and did not allow Palestinian workers and students to pass the checkpoint, causing students to miss school and workers to loss a day of work.

  Al Bathan checkpoint is located between the city of Nablus and neighboring villages and towns. The closing of this checkpoint means separating Nablus totally from these villages, which many Palestinians come from to work and attend school in Nablus.