Israel seals off Palestinian territories, approves new settlements ahead of Jewish new year
Published time: 2 Oct, 2016 02:21
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Israel has locked the West Bank and Gaza Strip borders citing safety concerns ahead of the Jewish new year. Meanwhile amid preparations for celebrations Israel approved plans for the construction of yet another 98 homes for settlers in the occupied West Bank.
The border closure took effect on Sunday at 12:01am. Only in the cases of medical and“humanitarian” emergencies will people be allowed to cross the borders, with the prior approval of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.