Barak decides on general closure of the West Bank during Pessah

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the defense establishment decided on the implementation of a general closure in the West Bank for the duration of Pessah, beginning overnight Monday. According to a statement released on Monday night, the closure will be lifted at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, in accordance with security assessments. For the duration of the closure, persons in need will be permitted to pass in order to receive medical care, and the passage of humanitarian aid as well as doctors, medical personnel, NGO members, lawyers, religious workers and additional professional groups will be authorized by the District Coordination and Liaison offices. Commercial crossings will remain open for the passage of supplies into the West Bank, the government said in a statement.