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Israel blocks major road connecting Palestine

ANI  |  Ramallah [Palestine] 

In yet another clampdown by its forces, on Wednesday blocked a major road connecting the country with in West

The Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces closed the after an Israeli settler was shot dead on Tuesday night.

The closure of the road is forcing commuters to take longer and alternative routes to reach various places in West and

Meanwhile, the Israeli forces carried out more raids in and other nearby villages, in response to Tuesday's shooting.

Protests and violence erupted in the West Bank, East and Strip after U..Donald Trump, last month, announced the relocation of its embassy from to

Since then, Israeli forces have killed 12 Palestinians. Unofficial figures of casualties vary between 30 to 40. At least 2,900 others have been injured and more than 400 arrested so far.

On Christmas eve, also sealed-off the entrance to the West cities of and al-Bireh until further notice.

Palestinian has also rejected the American peace efforts and called on the (EU) to take the lead in the Israel-peace process.

is considered as a sacred place and is home to Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites. However, it is also a disputed territory, contested by both and Palestine, which sees it as the capital of its future state.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 17:45 IST