Study hall temporarily closed near Rachel's Tomb

Due to the construction of the security barrier in the Bethlehem area, security forces on Tuesday temporarily shut down the Beit Hameholot building. The building is used as a study hall for yeshiva students and is located hundreds of meters from Rachel's Tomb. As a result of the work, the roofed passage linking Rachel's Tomb to the building has been removed, posing a security threat to students walking to and from the religious site, Central Command officials said. Security officials estimated that it would take several weeks until the work was completed, and the roofed passage returned. Meanwhile IDF forces took over the building in order to safeguard construction workers at the site and to maintain a constant presence until the building could be reopened for use. The situation has not affected the accessibility of Rachel's Tomb to Jewish worshippers, officials said.