IDF to remove Vered Yericho crossing to ease Palestinians' movement

The army will remove the Vered Yericho Crossing, south of Jericho in the West Bank, on Wednesday, in order to allow free movement for vehicles and pedestrians from the city to the Jordan Valley, the IDF Spokesman said Wednesday. According to the announcement, the decision was made following an assessment by the IDF's OC Central Command as part of the government's plan to ease travel restrictions for the Palestinians. "The removal of the crossing joins the removal of some 140 roadblocks and eight central checkpoints over the past year in an effort to improve freedom of movement for the civilian Palestinian population in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley," the army said. "The IDF will continue to act according to the policy of the diplomatic echelon and situation assessments in order to provide relief to the Palestinian populace, while safeguarding the security of the citizens of Israel and fighting terror infrastructures with determination," the announcement concluded.