Israel sealed its crossings with the West Bank and Gaza Strip for the Purim holiday. Defense Minister Amir Peretz ordered the closure to begin Thursday and end Monday, bookending the holiday.
Israel is on high alert for Palestinian terrorism from the West Bank, and will be curbing entry by Gazan traders and laborers during Purim as an additional precaution.
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