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2 West Bank crossings shut after body of Israeli killed in crash snatched by Palestinian gunmen

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Tiran Fero. (Courtesy)
Tiran Fero. (Courtesy)

The military’s liaison to the Palestinians announces that two major crossings in the northern West Bank are to be shuttered following the snatching of a body of an Israeli by Palestinian gunmen in Jenin last night.

Yesterday, 18-year-old Tiran Fero from the Druze-majority town of Daliyat al-Karmel was critically injured in a car crash in the West Bank city. He died at the Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin, and later his body was apparently snatched by unidentified gunmen.

In a statement, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) — the Defense Ministry body responsible for Palestinian civil affairs — says the Jalamah and Salem checkpoints are to be closed until further notice.

The checkpoints are predominantly used by Arab Israelis who travel to the Palestinian city of Jenin and the surrounding area for business or leisure, and by Palestinians who need to travel to Israel for work.

The closure is expected to take an economic toll on the Jenin area.

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