Israel to Off West Bank, Gaza for Sukkot Holiday Over Security Concerns

Israeli soldiers control Palestinians at an entrance of the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, on August 16, 2016
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The Times of Israel reports: The Israeli army announced Saturday it would be closing off the West Bank and Gaza Strip, barring Palestinian passage into Israel, for 48 hours beginning at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, for the upcoming Sukkot holiday.

The Israel Defense Forces said it would make exceptions for medical emergencies and other “humanitarian cases,” with the approval of the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

Sukkot is a week-long holiday, lasting from Sunday evening to the following Sunday. The Simhat Torah holiday, a celebration of the Jewish Bible, will be held right after, on that Sunday night and Monday.

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