IDF to impose West Bank, Gaza closure ahead of Rosh Hashanah

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

An Israeli soldier mans a checkpoint at the closed-off southern entrance to the southern West Bank city of Hebron, on August 22, 2023, a day after a deadly terror shooting in the area. (Hazem Bader/AFP)
An Israeli soldier mans a checkpoint at the closed-off southern entrance to the southern West Bank city of Hebron, on August 22, 2023, a day after a deadly terror shooting in the area. (Hazem Bader/AFP)

The Israeli army announces it is imposing a closure on border crossings between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza Strip during Rosh Hashanah this weekend.

The closure is set to begin on Friday, September 15, at 12:01 a.m., and last until Sunday, September 17, at 11:59 p.m.

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

A separate assessment will be held regarding potential closures on Yom Kippur and Sukkot later this month, the IDF adds.

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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