Ma'an News Agency
April 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Israeli forces will confiscate 173.2 dunums of Palestinian land to construct a military checkpoint on highway 443, ordered open for Palestinian traffic by an Israeli court judge in December 2009.

Previously a Jewish-only road, highway 443 extends 25 kilometers north from Jerusalem through the West Bank's Ramallah district and exits the area south of Ni'lin.

In the coming weeks, a report by the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs revealed, vehicles will be able to enter and exit the road after undergoing a military inspection, near Beit Sira and Beit Al-Fauqa. Palestinian vehicles will also be able to exit 443 in at Kharbatha Al-Misbah and At-Tireh, where the military point will be constructed.

In its weekly Protection of Civilians report, OCHA noted that a security crossing will be built near Ofer military camp and prison, on lands from the towns of Beituniya and At-Tireh. Lands were requisitioned for construction of the checkpoint and a fence along the road, the report said.


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