IDF places closure over W. Bank as traffic blocks Israel

By JTA, JPOST.COM STAFF
March 25, 2013 17:07

The Israel Defense Forces have imposed a general closure of the West Bank through the end of Passover.

The closure went into effect at midnight on Sunday and will remain into effect until Tuesday night, according to a statement from the IDF.

The closure was ordered by the minister of defense in accordance with situation assessments in the IDF, the statement said.

Those in need of medical attention or humanitarian aid, or exceptional case, will be allowed to leave the West Bank with the authorization of the Civil Administration, according to the IDF.

In Israel, heavy traffic built up nationwide as police ask Israelis to make their journey to their Seder night dinners as early as possible.

Israel Radio reported heavy traffic from Tel Aviv to Ashdod interchange following an accident.

According to Army Radio, Route 77 was blocked from Beit Rimon to Golani Junction, and Highway 6 was blocked northwards.


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