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Border Guard officers in Jerusalem (Archives) Photo: Reuters
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IDF announces closure on West Bank for Rosh Hashanah

Holiday weekend sees IDF, police and MDA on high alert. West Bank closure to allow for medical exceptions; will be evaluated throughout weekend

Yoav Zitun
Published: 09.28.11, 00:34 / Israel News

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered to impose a closure on the West Bank starting at midnight on Tuesday and lasting throughout Rosh Hashanah weekend.


Exceptions will be made for medical emergencies and humanitarian cases, subject to the Civil Administration's discretion.


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The decision was made following a defense establishment recommendation to that effect. The IDF is expected to hold security situation assessments throughout the weekend.


The police are also on high alert and will bolster deployment nationwide for the holiday. Massive police presence is expected to be noted in city centers and Seam Zone communities adjacent to the West Bank.


The Southern District Police declared a heightened state of alert in the sector: Some 1,500 policemen and volunteers will be deployed across the sector throughout the holiday.


The Highway police announced it will increase its presence on all major highways.


Magen David Adom emergency services have also upped their readiness level ahead of the holiday to B – one below their highest.


Ilana Curiel contributed to this report




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