Israel imposes general closure on West Bank ahead of Jewish holiday

Jerusalem/PNN/

The Israeli occupation army on Saturday evening slapped a total closure on the West Bank and Gaza, which will last until Monday night, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers will not be able to enter/exit the occupied territories as a result of the measure, which will be in place from midnight Saturday until midnight Monday.

Similar closures have been placed on the West Bank in the past during Jewish holidays, particularly Yom Kippur and Passover.

Those holidays are often associated with increased terrorism and break-ins by Israeli fanatic settlers at Islamic holy sites, particularly the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The crossings on the Gaza border have also been closed off for the holiday period.

During such holidays the occupation army seals off border crossings into Gaza and partially opens the Karem Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun crossings. Hundreds of fixed and makeshift checkpoints have also been pitched to block Palestinians’ movement in and out.

Sukkot is a week-long Jewish festival which falls shortly after Yom Kippur. Sukkot in Israel is a time of vacation – the first and last days are national holidays.