In accordance with the directives of the Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak, and following additional situation assessments adopted by the defense establishment, the general closure implemented in the Judea and Samaria region as of Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 23:59 will be extended. It is now expected to be lifted on the night of Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 23:59, in accordance with security assessments.
For the duration of the closure, persons who will need to pass for humanitarian reasons, including medical patients on way to care, 1500 medical workers, 1100 religious workers, 550 teachers and other professional groups will be permitted to cross subject to the authorization of the Civil Administration. The transfer of merchandise will operate regularly.
The passage of journalists will also be permitted. As always, the IDF Spokesperson Unit strongly suggests that passage into the Judea and Samaria region be coordinated in advance.
The IDF will continue to operate in order to protect the citizens of Israel while maintaining the quality of life of the Palestinian population in the area.