Israel to Close Down West Bank, Gaza Crossing Points for Purim

The army will be imposing a general closure from Tuesday night to Saturday night following assessments of the security situation

The Erez crossing with Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip, February 14, 2018.
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The Israeli army will be imposing a general closure on the West Bank and on crossing points between the Gaza Strip and Israel for Purim, following assessments of the security situation. The closure will begin Tuesday night and end Saturday night.

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Last week, following a dispute between political and military elements on the urgency of relief for Gaza, the Shin Bet security service research division delivered a paper to the cabinet opining that the humanitarian situation in Gaza is grave but short of crisis.

For weeks top people in the army and the office coordinating activity in the territories have been warning political circles about the implications of the deteriorating situation in Gaza. At the start of the month Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot also warned the cabinet about the anticipated deterioration in Gaza.

FILE PHOTO: Israeli security forces stand guard at the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah in the West Bank, April 27, 2016.
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Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on the other hand reportedly feels that while the problems in Gaza are real, the Hamas leadership of the Strip is exaggerating them for its own purposes.