Ahead of Jewish Holidays, Israel Puts West Bank on Closure

Palestinians will be barred from entering Israel from West Bank or Gaza until after Rosh Hashana after string of terror attacks.

Israeli paramedics inspect the body of a Palestinian man who was shot and killed by Israeli police after he attacked a security officer at the Israeli Qalandia checkpoint, near Jerusalem, late Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.
Mahmoud Illean, AP

Israel has put the West Bank on closure ahead of the Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, beginning midnight Saturday and until Tuesday, the Israeli army said in a statement.

"Palestinians will not be able to enter Israeli territories, expect for humanitarian or medical cases," the IDF said. The closure would be lifted "in accordance with [security] assessments."

The closure, though common ahead of holidays, follows the stabbing of an Israeli soldier in Qalandia in the West Bank over the weekend.

In the incident, a 28-year-old Palestinian from the village of Aqab was shot by a civilian security guard and an Israeli soldier after stabbing a soldier in his head. According to the army, the Palestinian arrived at the car-only checkpoint and stabbed a soldier in his head.

The soldier is still hospitalized in a Jerusalem hospital in moderate condition and the assailant was killed on the scene.