Maa’reef: Israel to remove a number of West Bank checkpoints

The Israeli occupation authorities will begin be removing a roadblock, separating the occupied east Jerusalem from the West Bank city of Jericho, Israeli media sources reported.
According to Ma’areef newspaper, the Israeli authorities will begin removing that roadblock and tens of other sand piles across the West Bank, which block movement of Palestinian residents.

The Israeli newspaper reported also that Israel has given the Palestinians the green light to open tens of Palestinian police stations in areas, known as B, which already fall under Israeli security control.

In addition, added Ma’areef, the concerned Israeli authorities will issue work permits to thousands of Palestinian businessmen from the West Bank to move freely in Israel.

Last week, Israeli defense minister met in his house with Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad. During the meeting, Fayyad asked the Israeli government to ease restrictions on movement of Palestinians.

Palestinian media reports suggest that there are more than 500 Israeli checkpoints and roadblocks through the West Bank areas, making movement of residents and goods difficult.

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