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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Israel seals off Palestinian village of Iraq Burin

Ma'an -- The Israeli army declared a closed military zone in a tiny northern West Bank village on Saturday ahead of a planned protest, a Palestinian Authority official said.

PA settlement affairs official Ghassan Douglas said Israeli troops had been trying to stop anyone entering Iraq Burin, near Nablus, since Friday evening.

Iraq Burin holds weekly non-violent protests against illegal Jewish-only settlements built on village land.

Locals said dozens of soldiers were deployed in the village early Saturday morning.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said there was no closed military zone in the area, but that soldiers were preventing anyone except for residents from entering the village.

Asked why the soldiers were stopping non-residents from entering the area, the army official said she could not say.