Settlers enter West Bank site, defying Palestinian corona closure decision

12/03/ 20 WAFA 

The Israeli army today allowed groups of Jewish settlers into Sebastia archaeological site in the north of the occupied West Bank despite a Palestinian Authority decision closing tourist sites and banning gatherings in an effort to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Sebastia mayor, Mohammad Azem, said dozens of settlers arrived at the site under Israeli army protection, which closed roads to allow them easy access to the site. He said the site was closed at orders from the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Nablus governor in an effort to stop spread of the coronavirus disease. Nevertheless, he added, the army allowed and facilitated arrival of settlers to the site causing concern in the area since many Israelis, including settlers, have contracted the disease.

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