Israel announces West Bank, Gaza closure ahead of Independence Day
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Israel announces West Bank, Gaza closure ahead of Independence Day

Only humanitarian cases will be allowed in as nation mourns fallen soldiers and then celebrates its 69th birthday

Illustrative. Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah, on November 22, 2016 (Flash90)
Illustrative. Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah, on November 22, 2016 (Flash90)

Israel announced a closure of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Saturday night ahead of Memorial Day and Independence Day.

The closure, a routine procedure ahead of Israeli and Jewish holidays, will come into effect at midnight between Saturday and Sunday, and will end on Tuesday night.

The closure is intended to prevent attempts at terror attacks in Israel during the holiday period. Exceptions will be made for humanitarian and other outstanding cases.

Also Saturday Israeli security forces arrested four West Bank residents suspected of firing and hurling a small bomb at a military post near Tulkarem. The four were taken in for questioning, and one was found to be in possession of a homemade weapon.

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