Israel reopens Palestinian crossings after attack

The village had been put on lockdown after Wednesday night's attack that killed four Israelis and wounded five others

Afp June 13, 2016
Israel locked down the West Bank town of Yatta on June 9, as they searched for clues after two Palestinian gunmen shot dead four people at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot. PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM: Israel has reopened Palestinian crossing points from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip following a three-day closure put in place after last week's deadly Tel Aviv shooting, the army said Monday.

Crossings were reopened overnight as planned, an army spokesperson said, though "security checks are ongoing" in Yatta, the West Bank village where the two Tel Aviv attackers were from.

The village had been put on lockdown in the hours after Wednesday night's attack that killed four Israelis and wounded five others.

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Crossing points were shut on Friday morning, preventing Palestinians from entering Israel and annexed east Jerusalem.

An exception was made however for the first Friday prayers of Ramazan, with thousands of Palestinians allowed to visit Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third-holiest site in Islam.

Israel announced a range of measures following the Tel Aviv attack, which saw two Palestinian cousins open fire at a busy cafe.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced the cancellation of tens of thousands of permits for Palestinians to enter Israel and east Jerusalem during Ramazan.

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The moves drew international concern, with France strongly condemning the attack but also warning against further exacerbating tensions.

United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's office in a statement on Friday also condemned the attack but said the Israeli measures may amount to "collective punishment".

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