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 Judea and Samaria region for the duration of Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day. The closure will begin today, Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 23:59. The closure will be lifted on the night of Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 23:59, in accordance with security assessments.
For the duration of the closure, persons in need of medical attention, humanitarian aid or exceptional assistance will be permitted to pass for care, with the authorization of the Civil Administration.
The passage of journalists will also be permitted. As always, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit strongly suggests that passage into the Judea and Samaria region be coordinated in advance.
The IDF will continue to operate in order to defend the citizens of Israel while maintaining the quality of life of the Palestinian population in the area.