facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.N.: West Bank roadblocks increase

May 30, 2008 at 3:42 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
JERUSALEM, May 30 (UPI) -- The number of Israeli-ordered checkpoints in the West Bank has grown in past months, restricting Palestinian travel in the area, a United Nations report says.

Forty-one checkpoints have been added in the area in past eight months, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a May Closure Update.

"The issue is not just the number of roadblocks, but also the quality and the other factors which block movement as well," OCHA deputy head Allegra Pacheco said.

Amid peace negotiations last November, Israeli officials said they would lessen travel restrictions on Palestinians, but still had several factors to consider, U.N. Integrated Regional Information Networks reported Wednesday.

"Simultaneously, we have an obligation to protect our civilian population from terror attacks. Our challenge is to find the right balance," said Mark Regev, the spokesman for the Prime Minister's office.

Topics: Mark Regev
© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Poland's Komorowski wants U.N to block Russian influence Poland's Komorowski wants U.N to block Russian influence
2
Ferguson cop testifies before grand jury about Michael Brown shooting Ferguson cop testifies before grand jury about Michael Brown shooting
3
Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's divorce will finally be finalized Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's divorce will finally be finalized
4
Scotland says 'No Thanks,' will remain part of the United Kingdom Scotland says 'No Thanks,' will remain part of the United Kingdom
5
Eric Matthew Frein put on FBI Most Wanted Fugitive List Eric Matthew Frein put on FBI Most Wanted Fugitive List
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback