Palestinian popular resistance activists, Thursday morning, destroyed a metal gate blocking the entrance of al-Jaba village, to the southwest of Bethlehem, said a local activist.Coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committees in Southern West Bank, Muhammad Mhaisin, said that several activists destroyed the metal gate that has been blocking the road linking al-Jaba with the adjacent Hebron town of Surif for the last 14 years.

According to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency, Mhaisin said that the gate added to the tightened Israeli closure and siege imposed on Palestinian communities in the area, making their life miserable and dividing families.

The blockade was intended to make life difficult for Palestinian locals and eventually displace them, in order to seize their lands for illegal settlements and expansion purposes, and to secure the movement of settlers along the nearby by-pass road leading to the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

Israeli soldiers recently attacked a non-violent protest against the closure of the road linking between Surif and al-Jaba, firing tear gas canisters at and assaulting activists.