The Israeli army declared the central occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh – home to imprisoned teenage activist Ahed al-Tamimi – a closed military zone on Saturday, closing off all entrances and exits.
#WATCH: When Israeli forces first declared Nabi Saleh a closed military zone on Friday, not allowing journalists or outsiders to come in, they were throwing stun grenades and shooting tear gas at the villagers. pic.twitter.com/5VX35MFR0v
— Days of Palestine (@DaysofPalestine) January 15, 2018
Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that that Israeli forces set up barriers on the main road that leads to Nabi Saleh and prevented Palestinians, including journalists, from entering the village.
Lieberman imposes collective punishment on Tamimi family; Nabi Saleh declared “closed military zone” https://t.co/rcsrLO6ZtG
— Javier Villate (@bouleusis) January 13, 2018
While the closure was enforced to prevent people from accessing protests that the village holds every week, some have speculated that the closure was taken as a punitive measure against the residents of Nabi Saleh, specifically the Tamimi family.
Since Ahed’s arrest, her cousin Nour was arrested – she was recently released – her mother Nariman and her aunt were detained, and recently one of her cousins was detained in an overnight raid.
Nabi Saleh 13 1 2018 النبي صالح https://t.co/BwPBUjsHOf
— Bilal Tamimi (@Tamimi_Bilal) January 13, 2018
Over a week ago, Ahed’s distant cousin Musaab al-Tamimi, from Nabi Saleh’s sister village of Deir Nitham, was shot and killed by Israeli forces.
Clashes were reported Saturday in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank. At least two people were hurt from rubber bullet fire by the Israeli army, Palestinians claimed, saying dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation.https://t.co/MNRhMNH3K3
— Abrar Khan (@khanabrar643) January 13, 2018
The Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh is well known internationally for their activism against the Israeli occupation, which maintains a heavy, near-constant presence in their village.
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