Following spate of attacks, Israel shuts down Gilboa West Bank crossing

November 3, 2015 12:37


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The Defense Ministry shut down the Gilboa West Bank crossing north of Jenin on Tuesday following a spate of continuous Palestinian attacks at the site. The decision to close the crossing, which is run by the Defense Ministry's Crossings Authority, was taken following "instructions by defense officials," the Ministry said in a statement.

The Gilboa Crossing will remain closed "until further notice," it added.

The Crossing is one of the largest and most important between Israel and the West Bank, and thousands of Palestinian workers pass through it daily on their way to jobs in Israel. Hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian trucks and thousands of Israeli-Arab motorists pass through it, including for shopping trips and trade in Jenin.

"Attempts to carry out terrorist attacks... lead first and foremost to damage to the Palestinian economy," the Defense Ministry said.

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