General Closure of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during Purim

In accordance with the directives of the Minister of Defense and as part of the situation assessments adopted by the defense establishment, a general closure will be implemented in the West Bank during the Jewish holiday of Purim as of Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 23:59. The closure will be lifted on the night of Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 23:59, in accordance with security assessments.

For the duration of the closure, persons in need of medical attention will be permitted to pass for care. The passage of humanitarian aid as well as doctors, medical personnel, NGO members, lawyers, journalists, religious workers and additional professional groups will be authorized by the District Coordination and Liaison office.

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.

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