Last Updated: Mon Nov 01, 2010 20:05 pm (KSA) 17:05 pm (GMT)

French envoy held at Israeli checkpoint for hours

Diplomat and his entourage were stopped for three hours (File)
Diplomat and his entourage were stopped for three hours (File)

Israeli security authorities were on Friday preventing the French consul-general from crossing a checkpoint outside the West Bank town of Bethlehem into Jerusalem, a consulate official said.

By late evening, Alain Remy and his entourage had been held for almost three hours at the crossing by security personnel wanting to search their diplomatic vehicles, the official told AFP.

"The vehicles are not allowed to cross the checkpoint despite multiple requests by the consulate for the relevant Israeli authorities to intervene," he said.

Bethlehem is located several kilometers (miles) south of Jerusalem

There was no immediate reaction from the Israeli army.

Israel deploys hundreds of checkpoints and roadblocks across the occupied West Bank in a bid to stop militant attacks, rendering the free movement of Palestinians across the territory almost impossible.

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