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Fifth day of curfew in Palestinian town

NABLUS - From online dispatches | 3/16/2011 12:00:00 AM |

The Palestinian village of Awarta remains under an Israeli military curfew as Israeli soldiers search door-to-door for the suspected killer of a settler family.

The Palestinian village of Awarta remains under an Israeli military curfew, with Wednesday marking five days since the curfew commenced. Residents report constant door-to-door searches, with some homes targeted at least three times, according to reports.

Witnesses told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli soldiers could be seen dotting the hilltops around the village, as armored vehicles patrolled the streets.

An early morning food delivery on Tuesday from the municipality of Nablus appears not to have been delivered to all residents of the town, which according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics has over 5,000 inhabitants.

Dutch journalist Lydia de Leew, traveling with medics from the Union of Health Care Committees, told Ma'an that they were waiting for permission to enter the village, after hearing reports that an Israeli police dog had attacked a child.

Clashes with settlers from the northern West Bank were reported near the town of Huwwara, about four kilometers southwest of Awarta. There have been no reports of injuries.

Awarta has remained under closure since Israeli forces began the search for those behind the murder of five members of the Fogel family, settlers from the nearby Itamar settlement who were stabbed to death in their beds on Friday night, Israeli reports said.

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