IDF says West Bank, Gaza crossings will close over Purim

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

Palestinian women cross the Qalandiya checkpoint, outside of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on April 15, 2022. (Flash90)
Palestinian women cross the Qalandiya checkpoint, outside of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on April 15, 2022. (Flash90)

The Israeli army announces it is imposing a closure on border crossings between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the Purim holiday this week.

The closure is set to begin on Monday, March 2, at 5:00 p.m. and last until Wednesday, March 8, at 11:59 p.m.

Still, the Israel Defense Forces says the border crossings for Palestinians will reopen on Thursday “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.

Exceptions during the upcoming closure 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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