Israel Beefs Up Security Ahead of Rosh Hashanah Holiday

Israeli security forces stand guard on a road in the occupied southern West Bank at the entrance of the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, on September 23, 2016, after a Palestinian was shot and wounded as he was attempting to stab Israelis at a bus stop, the army said. / …
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The Times of Israel reports: The Israeli army announced late Saturday night it was sealing off the West Bank and Gaza Strip over Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, from Sunday to Tuesday.

The military said it would make exceptions for medical emergencies and “humanitarian cases,” with the approval of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

The closure will take effect on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. and is expected to last until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m., dependent upon a “situational assessment,” the army said.

The Rosh Hashanah holiday begins Sunday at sundown and ends Tuesday night.

While the move comes after a number of attacks and attempted attacks against Israeli security forces in the past few weeks, the army routinely seals off the West Bank on Jewish holidays.

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