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IDF Responds to Shooting Attack with Blockade of Ramallah

IDF soldiers on patrol in West Bank (Photo: flickr/IDF)

This weekend, we reported on the shooting attack by a Palestinian Authority police officer that wounded three IDF soldiers. In response to the shooting, as well as the ongoing terror, The Jerusalem Post's Yaakov Lappin writes that the IDF has instated a partial blockade around Ramallah:

The IDF has placed a partial blockade around Ramallah on Monday morning, allowing only residents of the Palestinian city to enter and leave it.

An army spokeswoman said the partial closure placed around the major city – the first since the wave of terrorism began four months ago – came following "concrete alerts regarding future acts of terrorism originating in the city," as well as a spate of recent attacks, including the shooting attack by a PA policeman on IDF soldiers on Sunday...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held the Palestinian Authority accountable for the day's two attacks, particularly the one near Beit El, since he said the terrorist was a member of the PA’s security apparatus and received a salary from the PA.

It is the same PA that “stands behind the incitement that stokes the terrorist attacks,” Netanyahu said, adding that PA President Mahmoud Abbas did not even condemn the attack carried out by one of his men.

“I demand that the international community stop the hypocrisy and do everything it its power to pressure the Palestinian Authority to cease its incitement against Israel,” Netanyahu said.

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