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IDF to close off West Bank, Gaza during Rosh Hashanah

Israeli soldiers check the ID of a Palestinian woman at the Tapuach junction checkpoint next to the West Bank city of Nablus, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
Illustrative: Israeli soldiers check the ID of a Palestinian woman at the Tapuach junction checkpoint next to the West Bank city of Nablus, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

The military announces it will impose a closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip starting at 4 p.m. tomorrow, 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. Thursday, after Rosh Hashanah ends earlier that evening.

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

A statement from the Israel Defense Forces says exemptions to enter Israel will be only be made for “humanitarian, medical and exceptional cases.”

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