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IDF to close off West Bank, Gaza during Rosh Hashanah

Routine closures expected to be repeated on Jewish festivals of Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simhat Torah

Palestinian workers enter Israel through the Mitar checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron, on May 5, 2020. (Wisam Hashlamoun/ Flash90)
Palestinian workers enter Israel through the Mitar checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron, on May 5, 2020. (Wisam Hashlamoun/ Flash90)

The IDF announced on Sunday that it will impose a closure on both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip starting at 4 p.m. on Monday, hours before the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.

The closure, a routine procedure during Israeli and Jewish holidays, will remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, lifting several hours after the end of Rosh Hashanah.

Similar closures will also be imposed later this month during the Jewish holidays of Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simhat Torah.

A statement from the IDF said exceptions to enter Israel would be only be made for “humanitarian, medical, and exceptional cases.”

Last week, Israel announced it was rolling out a series of goodwill gestures toward the Gaza Strip, expanding its fishing zone to its furthest point in years and allowing into Israel thousands more workers from the enclave, despite ongoing nightly riots along the border.

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