Closed military zone order used against residents

Monday, March 12, 2018, 13:18 Two adults and a minor were detained at noon on Monday, March 12 in the Kumi Ori neighborhood of Yitzhar. The detainees were detained by border policemen next to houses in the neighborhood. Apparently one of them was holding a slingshot and the other two were detained on suspicion of violating a closed military zone order imposed on the neighborhood. One of the detainees is married and was detained next to his house, which is within the range of the closed military zone order. The order was issued on Sunday and includes all of the area surrounding Yitzhar, including the entry road to the community. Therefore the order forbids entrance to and exit from Yitzhar, and presence in Kumi Ori and in the adjacent agricultural area, which is under Jewish ownership. Honenu notes that the detention is illegal, because the closed military zone order is not binding on the residents of the site. Honenu Attorney Moshe Poleski is assisting the detainees. Immediately after the detention Arabs from the adjacent village of Urif began to riot. The rioters set fires and threw rocks at IDF and border police forces in the area. As of the time of this posting there are no reports of detained Arab rioters.

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