Israeli army closes West Bank for Passover


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli army has put a closure on the West Bank for Passover.

The closure will last from from midnight Sunday night to April 6 at midnight, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces.

During the closure, Palestinians will be permitted to cross into Israel for medical care. The military’s Civil Administration will authorize the entry of humanitarian aid, as well as doctors, medical personnel, NGO members, lawyers and additional professional groups. In addition, 1,250 religious workers and 550 students and teachers have received authorization to enter Israel from the West Bank, according to the statement.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the closure. West Bank closures are common during Jewish holiday periods.

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