In celebration of its "foundation" anniversary, Israel imposes a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and Gaza crossings

On Sunday, the Israeli army announced the imposition of a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and the crossings in the Gaza Strip, coinciding with its celebration of the anniversary of its founding, and for fear of any possible security threat during this period.

Israel announced the imposition of a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and the crossings in the Gaza Strip from 3 to 6 May, when the anniversary of its founding is celebrated.

This came in a statement by the Israeli army, today, Sunday.
Israel celebrates on the fourth of May every year the memory of its victims who fell during battles, wars and "enemy attacks", while on the fifth of the same month it celebrates the anniversary of its founding in 1948, which the Israelis call "Independence Day".

The army said that it was decided "based on an assessment of the security situation and directives from the political level to impose a comprehensive closure on the Judea and Samaria region (the biblical name for the West Bank) and to close the crossings with the Gaza Strip."

He explained that the closure will start on the evening of Tuesday, May 3, while it will be lifted and the crossings reopen on Friday, May 6.


In celebration of its "foundation" anniversary, Israel imposes a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and Gaza crossings  On Sunday, the Israeli army announced the imposition of a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and the crossings in the Gaza Strip, coinciding with its celebration of the anniversary of its founding, and for fear of any possible security threat during this period.  Israel announced the imposition of a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and the crossings in the Gaza Strip from 3 to 6 May, when the anniversary of its founding is celebrated.  This came in a statement by the Israeli army, today, Sunday.  Israel celebrates on the fourth of May every year the memory of its victims who fell during battles, wars and "enemy attacks", while on the fifth of the same month it celebrates the anniversary of its founding in 1948, which the Israelis call "Independence Day".  The army said that it was decided "based on an assessment of the security situation and directives from the political level to impose a comprehensive closure on the Judea and Samaria region (the biblical name for the West Bank) and to close the crossings with the Gaza Strip."  He explained that the closure will start on the evening of Tuesday, May 3, while it will be lifted and the crossings reopen on Friday, May 6.  During the closure period, "the passage of humanitarian, medical and exceptional cases will only be allowed with the approval of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (Palestinian Ghassan Alyan)," according to the same source.  Usually, Israel imposes a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip crossings during the period of Jewish and “national” holidays or during periods of security tension.  On Tuesday, Israel resumed work at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in front of Palestinian workers and merchants, after a closure that lasted since Sunday, in response to several rockets fired from the Gaza Strip during the past week, which did not result in casualties.  The Beit Hanoun "Erez" crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, and is used for the crossing of people.


During the closure period, "the passage of humanitarian, medical and exceptional cases will only be allowed with the approval of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (Palestinian Ghassan Alyan)," according to the same source.

Usually, Israel imposes a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip crossings during the period of Jewish and “national” holidays or during periods of security tension.

On Tuesday, Israel resumed work at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in front of Palestinian workers and merchants, after a closure that lasted since Sunday, in response to several rockets fired from the Gaza Strip during the past week, which did not result in casualties.

The Beit Hanoun "Erez" crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, and is used for the crossing of people.
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