Israeli tour guides returning to Jericho


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli tour guides will enter Jericho for the first time in a decade.

The tour guides’ entrance was approved Thursday by the Israeli military and the Civil Administration, the Israel Defense Forces announced. The entrance was coordinated with the Palestinian Authority, which has jurisdiction over Jericho.

"This step is part of a broader measure designed to help the Palestinian population," according to the IDF statement.

Israeli tour guides entered the PA-controlled city Bethlehem last week in preparation for leading tours there.

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