Israel to Impose 3-day Closure on West Bank, Gaza During Memorial, Independence Days

Crossings between Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will be shut Tuesday until Friday, during which Palestinians may only enter the country under emergencies

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Israeli soldiers guard a bus station at the Tapuach junction next to the West Bank city of Nablus, in 2020.
Israeli soldiers guard a bus station at the Tapuach junction next to the West Bank city of Nablus, in 2020.Credit: Oded Balilty / AP

Israel will shut all its border crossings with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip from Tuesday until Friday, while the country marks its memorial and independence days, the army announced.

The crossings will be shut starting 3 P.M. on Tuesday, Israel's memorial day, and will stay closed through to the end of its Independence Day on Thursday. The borders are scheduled to re-open overnight between Thursday and Friday, subject to a situation assessment.

During these closures, Palestinians are prohibited from entering Israel except for medical or other emergencies, and only with permission from the office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories

The Israeli army said that the decision was made following a security establishment assessment and with the approval of the political leadership.

The military imposes such closures for all major Jewish holidays and election days.

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