IOF declares Seir a closed military zone

PNN/Bethlehem

On Friday morning the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) closed all entrances leading to Seir town, north of Hebron, before declaring it a closed military zone.

The four Palestinian youths killed on Thursday evening by the IOF after claims that they attempt to stab Israeli soldiers at the Gush Etzion junction were all from Seir city.

According to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC), local sources in Seir affirmed that all main entrances to the town were closed this Friday morning, while a military checkpoint was erected north of the town.

Palestinian citizens’ movement was completely blocked amid heavy presence of Israeli soldiers, the local sources added.

Media crews’ access into the area was prevented.

On Thursday evening, four Palestinians were killed by the Israeli occupation forces in two different occasions after IOF claimed that the teens attempted to stab Israeli soldiers.

Three of them were killed at the Gush Etzion junction and were later on identified as cousins Ahmad Salim Abd al-Majid Kawazba, Alaa Abed Muhammad Kawazba and Muhannad Ziyad Kawazba.

Furthermore, 16-year-old Khalil Muhammad al-Shalaldah was killed just hours after the three cousins were shot dead by the IOF.

Thursday’s deaths brought the number of Palestinians killed by either the IOF or by settlers since the beginning of October 2015 to nearly 150.

The circumstances of several Palestinian deaths have been disputed, with investigations by rights groups into a number of cases concluding that Israeli forces were implementing extrajudicial executions against Palestinians who posed no threat at the time of their death.