Soldiers hold PA governor at Nablus checkpoint for over an hour

12:00 Apr 16 2015 checkpoint near Beit Furik

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday held the Palestinian Authority governor of Nablus at a military checkpoint for over an hour before letting him pass, officials said.

PA official Ziad Othman told Ma'an that governor Akram Rajoub and head of the PA liaison office Usama Abu Arab were escorting a delegation of officials from Beit Furik following an event to commemorate Palestinian Prisoners Day in the village.

Israeli forces at a checkpoint near the village prevented all residents from crossing and held the PA governor for over an hour before finally allowing him to pass.

There are 99 fixed Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank in addition to hundreds of temporary "flying checkpoints" set up throughout the year by Israeli soldiers, according to Israeli rights group B'Tselem.
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