Closed stores in Shuhada street, Hebron

Settlers prevent stores re-opening in Hebron’s Shuhada Street

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Israeli settlers on Wednesday showed strong opposition against Palestinians opening their stores in Al-Shuhada street near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron. 

According to Ma’ariv Israeli newspaper, leaders of the settlers announced a wide campaign to prevent these stores from opening.

Settlers claim the opening will threaten their security and lives, adding that the street is “clean” of Palestinians.

The newspaper added that there were still initiatives to re-open the stores due to pressures on Israeli occupation authorities.

Shuhada Street was closed for Palestinians then reopened under a peace agreement in 1997.

In 1999 under the Hebron Accords, the city was officially divided in two by barricades and checkpoints, and the road was closed again.

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About a week ago, Hebron celebrated the reopening of dozens of stores in the old city after Israel closed them under a military order 21 years ago.

Stores re-open after 21 years of closure. Sahla street, Hebron
Stores re-open after 21 years of closure. Sahla street, Hebron

Hebron municipality held a press conference in Sahla Street to announce their achievement in gaining an Israeli permit to reopen dozens of trade stores in a street closed after the Ibrahim Mosque massacre in 1994.