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Defense minister orders dismantling of checkpoints restricting travel in West Bank

Defense minister orders dismantling of checkpoints restricting travel in West Bank

Defense Minister Amir Peretz told a parliamentary panel on Monday that he has ordered the army to prepare to soon dismantle 59 of the roughly 400 checkpoints restricting Palestinian travel in the West Bank, a member of the committee said.
Peretz gave no timetable in his appearance before parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, lawmaker Limor Livant told The Associated Press.
The easing of travel restrictions is part of a package of goodwill gestures Israel is extending toward the Palestinians in an effort to boost the standing of moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his power struggle with Hamas militants who control the Palestinian parliament and Cabinet.
Peretz told the panel that the dismantling would occur in two stages, Livnat said. Twenty-four were to be taken down in the first stage and the remainder at an unidentified point thereafter.


Updated : 2021-05-18 11:21 GMT+08:00