The Israeli army closed this morning and without warning the checkpoint that separates Shufat refugee camp from its environs and Jerusalem city center curtailing movement of students commuting to their schools outside the walled camp and employees working in the city who missed their classes and work, reported WAFA correspondent.

She said that thousands of people were not able to leave the camp to their destinations this morning after the army abruptly closed the checkpoint to traffic causing a huge traffic jam.

Shufat refugee camp is located within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem but was separated from it with a huge 8-meter-high concrete wall and a checkpoint built in 2004 and has a population of more than 25,000 people. It is administered by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

The checkpoint restricts the daily life of over 70,000 people living behind the wall.

Source: Palestine news & Information Agency – WAFA

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