For the sixteenth day running, Al-Mughayir, a village east of Ramallah, continues to be isolated by the Israeli occupation forces, which have maintained a closure of the village’s two main entrances. This blockade is forcing residents to navigate rough, dirt pathways to make it to their places of work.
The village has been on the receiving end of sporadic attacks from settlers and the occupation forces. Just yesterday, one villager was hit in the head by live ammunition, four others were physically assaulted, and five vehicles along with 270 bales of straw belonging to local farmers were set ablaze by settlers.
This ongoing siege is part of a broader strategy by the Israeli occupation forces. Recently, they’ve intensified their military operations at the entrances of Palestinian towns and cities, a move that amounts to collective punishment.
This recurrent imposition of blockades on Palestinian towns by the Israeli occupation forces is in violation of numerous humanitarian norms. By denying innocent people their basic rights, such as freedom of movement and the right to life, these sieges are drawing sharp criticism from human rights advocates.