Israeli authorities announced on Sunday that a security closure would be imposed on the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza strip for a period of four days for the Jewish holiday of Purim.
The four-day closure will start on Tuesday, February 27th and will end at midnight on Saturday, March 3rd.
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— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) February 26, 2018
According to the Israeli army, crossings between Gaza and Israel will be closed and entry into Israel for all Israeli-issued permit holders will be halted.
Only humanitarian and medical cases will be granted permission to cross the borders into Israel, only after obtaining entry approval from the Israeli side.
— Press TV (@PressTV) February 26, 2018
Severe restrictions on movement for Palestinians are typically implemented by Israeli authorities during Jewish holidays for alleged security purposes, accompanied by increased tensions around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.
Debilitating poverty and lack of employment drive many workers in the occupied West Bank to enter Israel in search of work. Israel’s imposition of closures on the Palestinian territory has severely affected the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who depend on entering Israel, or its illegal settlements, for employment opportunities.
This morning Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian family’s home in Jabal al-Baba for the 2nd time in 4 months. They left a family of 13 homeless, 10 of them minors.
Thousands of Palestinians in small West-Bank communities face expulsion by Israel: https://t.co/G7cpjFhl8S pic.twitter.com/Sw1ytfdGS6
— B'Tselem בצלם بتسيلم (@btselem) February 20, 2018
Meanwhile, the majority of the more than 2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are sealed inside the coastal enclave due to a decade-long military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.
(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)