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IDF announces West Bank, Gaza crossings to close for Memorial Day, Independence Day

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative: IDF soldiers at a checkpoint in the West Bank. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Illustrative: IDF soldiers at a checkpoint in the West Bank. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

The Israeli army announces it is imposing a closure on border crossings between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza Strip during Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzma’ut.

The closure will begin Tuesday at 3 p.m., and last until midnight between Thursday and Friday, May 6.

The Israel Defense Forces says the border crossings for Palestinians will reopen “subject to a situational assessment.”

Such closures are standard practice during festivals and holidays, in what the military says is a preventative measure against attacks at those times, which are seen as periods of increased tension.

A closure was imposed during the first and last days of Passover but was not extended over the entire holiday. During the holiday of Purim in March, the military skipped it all together for the first time in five years.

Exceptions will be made for humanitarian and other outstanding cases, but will require the approval of the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

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