The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday announced that it would close all crossings into Israel from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to Palestinians at midnight, ahead of Monday’s national elections.
The closure — a standard practice for religious and national holidays — would begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday and last for 24 hours, pending a “situational assessment,” the military said.
The IDF said exceptions would be made for “humanitarian, medical and special cases” with approval from the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.
Election day is a paid vacation day for workers in Israel. Most polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.
The closure will affect the tens of thousands of Palestinians who legally work in Israel every day, most of them in construction and maintenance.
Israeli citizens will still be permitted to move between the West Bank and Israel.