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Fearing Terror Attacks, IDF Closes West Bank and Gaza Ahead of Passover

IDF Soldier at Gaza Border (Photo: flickr/IDF)

Passover begins tonight for Jewish people around the world. The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross reports that the IDF has closed off the West Bank and Gaza for the holiday, due to heightened fears of terror attacks:

Israel will close off the West Bank and Gaza Strip for 48 hours beginning Friday, amid fears of attacks by the Hamas terror group during the Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins Friday night, the army announced Thursday.

The closure will begin at 12:00 a.m. on Friday and is expected to end at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, the army said. However, the reopening will be subjected to a “situational assessment.”

Entering and exiting the West Bank and Gaza will be forbidden for Palestinians during those two days, with the exception of “humanitarian, medical and exceptional cases,” according to an IDF statement.

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