Israel seals off ancient mountain in West Bank for Palestinian access

Jabal al-Firdis (Herodion) near Bethlehem.
Jabal al-Firdis (Herodion) near Bethlehem.

The Israeli army sealed off with barbed wire and a metal gate the ancient Jabal al-Firdis, also known as Herodion, near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, today said Hasan Breijieh, from the Settlements and Wall Resistance Commission.

He said the army sealed off the mountain located east of Bethlehem and separated it from the village of Beit Tamar.

As a result, Palestinians will not have easy access to the site, which has been controlled by Israel and turned into a national park.

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Jabal al-Firdis is famous for the Herodion fortress locate on its peak and which was built by King Herod in the year 40 BC.

Source : Wafa