After Clashes, Israeli Army Lifts Closure on West Bank Town

Palestinian convoy attempted to break the closure on Qabatiyah, on lock down for three days since residents killed an Israeli police officer in a Jerusalem terror attack.

An Israeli bulldozer clears a road in the village of Qabatiya, near the West Bank town of Jenin, after Palestinians blocked it during clashes on February 6, 2016.
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Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces outside the West Bank town of Qabatiyah on Saturday evening, as a Palestinian convoy of vehicles attempted to break the closure leveled against the town since three residents carried out a terror attack in Jerusalem earlier this week.

A few hours later, the Israeli army announced it was lifting the closure on Qabatiyah effective 10 P.M. Saturday after three days. Residents told Haaretz that Israel forces had begun to open the routes leading to the town and some of its main roads were already open for traffic.

Several Palestinians were reportedly wounded in the clashes by rubber bullets and tear gas, used by the Israeli forces. 

Ali Zekarna, a member of the Qabatiyah city council, called the closure a "collective punishment." 

Two Israeli border policewomen were wounded in the shooting and stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday that resulted in the closure of Qabatiyah, near Jenin. One of the two, Hadar Cohen, 19, died of her wounds shortly after.

Palestinians carry the body of 14-year-old Haitham Al-Baw who died after being shot during clashes with Israeli security forces, at the West Bank village of Halhul, near Hebron, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
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Meanwhile, 14-year-old Haitham Al-Baw, who was shot dead by Israeli troops north of Hebron on Friday, was laid to rest in his hometown of Halhul.

According to the IDF, Al-Baw was about to throw a firebomb at moving vehicles on Route 60 when he was shot. Palestinian Authority and Fatah officials from the Hebron area attended the funerary procession, and the body was carried by Palestinian police officers.