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Cabinet to debate night curfew over Purim, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The cabinet will convene today to discuss a Health Ministry proposal to impose a night curfew from Thursday through Sunday to prevent large gatherings and parties over the Purim holiday.

The curfew would begin at 8 p.m. and end at 5 a.m., Hebrew media reports say. The Health Ministry is also seeking to significantly scale back public transportation and limit movement between cities, according to the reports.

Purim begins on Thursday night in most of Israel and ends Friday evening, though its main festivities are marked in Jerusalem on Saturday night and Sunday.

Israelis dress in costumes and dance ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim in the settlement of Efrat, in Gush Etzion on February 12, 2021. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
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