Israeli authorities prevented British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly from visiting a Palestinian village that has been subject to a wave of settler attacks in recent years, according to reports.
Cleverly was scheduled to visit the town of Ein Samiya while on a three-day trip to occupied Palestinian territories in mid-September but along with Ireland Foreign Minister Michael Martin, who visited a week earlier, was barred from entry, Middle East Eye reported.
The New Arab has reached out to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the foreign minister for confirmation of the reports but received no response at the time of publication.
Norway Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeld, who has previously denounced Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, attempted to inspect another unnamed Palestinian town in the West Bank's "Area C" which has also been subject to years of settler attacks but was denied access by Israeli authorities, according to other reports.
Area C of the West Bank covers over 60 percent of the occupied territory and is under full Israeli military and administrative control.
Around 600,000 Israelis live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, which are deemed illegal under international law. They often carry out attacks on surrounding Palestinian communities.