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Ashkenazi. Warned troops to be wary Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Office
Ashkenazi. Warned troops to be wary Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Office

IDF imposes closure on West Bank

Army prepares for tense holiday after Gaza clashes that killed two, closes off territories for a week

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 03.29.10, 00:31 / Israel News

The IDF completed on Sunday preparations for security during Passover. Friday's clashes in Gaza, which killed an officer and a soldier from the Golani Brigade, have increased tensions ahead of the holiday.


A general closure was imposed on the West Bank from midnight until the end of Passover, next Monday. The IDF will allow crossings into Israel only in the event of humanitarian incidents such as need for medical care.


In southern Israel, the proximity of the two deaths to the holiday was a significant cause for the army's decision not to respond, in order to refrain from further heightening tensions ahead of Pesach. However IDF officials told Ynet the army retains its right to respond in the future.


IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi visited Golani soldiers stationed near Gaza and warned that intelligence showed the terror organizations planned on carrying out more attacks near the border fence.


On Israel's northern border, where Ashkenazi plans to hold his Seder, troops are also on high alert. The chief of staff has invited 420 lone soldiers to raise a glass with him in honor of the holiday.


The IDF has also planned for securing the lives of travelers over the holiday, after an 11-year old boy was killed by a land mine two months ago. The army has called on hikers to watch out for warning signs wherever they are.


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