IDF Imposes Closure on PA For Purim

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IDF troops at a checkpoint. Photo by FLASH90
IDF troops at a checkpoint. (Flash90)

The IDF has imposed a four-day closure on the Palestinian areas in Yehudah and Shomron, banning Palestinians from entering Israel during the days of Purim.

The military says the closure began early Wednesday and will be maintained until midnight Motzoei Shabbos. Exceptions will be made for humanitarian and medical cases.

An army spokeswoman said the measure was taken on orders from the government following an “evaluation of the situation,” without providing further details.

Israel considers the chagim as likely times for Palestinian attacks and regularly imposes closures during them.

Israel has regularly closed off the Palestinian areas during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, though less often for Purim.

This year’s Purim comes amid a six-month terror wave of violence that has killed over 30 Israelis, Hy”d.