For the ninth day in a row.. the occupation forces continue to besiege Jericho in the occupied West Bank

The Israeli occupation forces continue to close all main and secondary entrances to the city of Jericho with military checkpoints for the ninth day in a row.

And the Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) reported that the occupation forces continued to close the entrances and exits of Jericho and its two camps with military checkpoints, adding that the occupation soldiers searched citizens' vehicles and checked their identity cards.

The occupation forces are tightening their procedures at all entrances to Jericho, especially the southern entrance near Aqabat Jaber camp.

It is noteworthy that the Israeli army has recently followed a policy of closing checkpoints and tightening military measures at the entrances to Palestinian cities and towns as a collective punishment.

A Palestinian study – issued by the Applied Research Institute "ARIJ" – showed that the Palestinians lose about 60 million working hours annually due to the occupation barriers, with estimated losses of about $270 million annually, in addition to additional fuel consumption of about 80 million liters per year, with an estimated cost of $135 million.

Attacks by Israeli settlers in the West Bank have escalated since the beginning of this year, as they carried out 314 attacks on Palestinians and their property, according to United Nations data.

On the sixth of last February, the occupation forces assassinated 5 Palestinians during a storming of the city of Jericho in the occupied West Bank. A 15-year-old boy was also shot dead by the Israeli army in Aqabat Jaber camp, near Jericho, earlier this month.

The number of martyrs in the occupied West Bank rose to more than 90 Palestinians since the beginning of this year, including no less than 25 martyrs in Jenin.

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