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Israel extends general closure on West Bank, Gaza

Israel extends the general closure on West Bank and Gaza Palestinians until Monday, the Defense Ministry says.

Israel largely shuttered the Palestinian crossings into Israel on Tuesday and Wednesday for Memorial Day and Independence Day. Authorities later extended the shutdown until Saturday night following the terror attack in the central city of Elad.

Exceptions will be made for medical and humanitarian emergencies, says COGAT, the Defense Ministry’s liaison to the Palestinians.

The shutdown only applies to Palestinians. Checkpoints used by Israelis and foreign nationals will remain open as usual.

Most of the Palestinians impacted are those who hold permits to work in Israel. About 140,000 Palestinians work in Israel and in Israeli settlements.

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