Israel arrests 45 Palestinians, closes 255 West Bank stores

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RAMALLAH Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday arrested 45 Palestinians during raids across the West Bank and occupied Arab East Jerusalem, and shut down 255 stores near Nablus, according to Palestinian sources reported by the Jordan News Agency, Petra. اضافة اعلان

The Palestinian Prisoners Club said in a statement that Israeli troops stormed parts of the cities of Hebron, Ramallah, Al Bireh, Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jenin and neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem.

In Hawara near Nablus, the occupation army has closed about 255 commercial stores since October 7, Palestinian Ministry of National Economy Director in Nablus Bashar Saifi said.

Saifi said only 45 stores, out of 300 on the main street in Hawara, were allowed to open for business, as military roadblocks and blockades strangled commerce and severely hit the economy, part of the collective punishment policy in the Palestinian territories.

For the 46th day in a row, Hawara took the brunt of ongoing tight army closures, curfews, and Jewish settlers' attacks, where the local economy incurred heavy losses, prompting some businesses to relocate.

A local merchant complained he suffered heavy losses as more than 80 percent of foodstuff and meat products was destroyed amid restrictions on movement which severely curtailed purchases. Another said, "The closure imposed on us by the occupation authority left us out of business, and today we are sitting in our homes, and our source of income is blocked and we can do nothing about it."

The main Hawara checkpoint with Nablus and the roadblock at Beita junction are closed, barring movement in and out of the town.

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