IDF to impose Purim closure on West Bank, Gaza

The military announces it will shutter crossings with the West Bank and Gaza Strip tonight as part of a closure for the Purim holiday.

The closure is set to be lifted Sunday “pending a situational assessment,” according to the Israel Defense Forces, which says crossings for commercial goods will remain open.

“Only humanitarian, medical and exceptional cases will be possible and subject to the approval of the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories,” an IDF statement says.

Israel regularly closes the crossings during national and religious holidays.