IDF closes crossings between Israel and Palestinian territories

Crossings between Israel and the Palestinian territories will be closed as of Sunday, according to a notice posted on COGAT's Arabic language Facebook page.

Israeli border policemen wearing protective gear as a precaution against the coronavirus, guard at an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem (photo credit: REUTERS/RONEN ZEVULUN)
Israeli border policemen wearing protective gear as a precaution against the coronavirus, guard at an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem
(photo credit: REUTERS/RONEN ZEVULUN)
Crossings between Israel and the Palestinian territories will be closed as of Sunday, according to a notice posted on the Arabic language Facebook page of the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). 
The edict is aimed at Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Palestinian permit holders, including merchants and workers, will be barred on a daily basis from entering West Bank settlements, industrial zones and sovereign Israel. Exceptions will be made for health workers and those employed in vital factories, as well as humanitarian and medical cases. 
Palestinian workers who are already in those places have to stay where they are. Once they leave for the Palestinian territories in Gaza and the West Bank, they cannot cross back.  
COGAT added that they are taking these steps in order "to reduce the movement of people, preventing the spread of the virus, and maintaining the health of the public in the entire region." Late Saturday, it was also reported that the coordinator and the Palestinian Authority are working in close cooperation to minimize the rate of infection in the area, including delivering coronavirus equipment to Gaza through the Erez border crossing. 
The Defense Ministry unit also coordinated the delivery of an additional 1,000 protective medical gear kits, together with 100 liters of "alcogel," which is used to maintain hygiene and kill the virus.