Friday, 10 June 2016

Israel implements full closure on West Bank, Gaza after Tel Aviv attack


Israeli authorities implemented a full closure on the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, adding to a long line of punitive measures that have been carried out since Wednesday’s deadly attack in Tel Aviv.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that all passages to the West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip would be sealed until Monday at midnight after an army “situation assessment,” with the exception of humanitarian and medical cases.

However, the spokesperson said Palestinians from the West Bank with permits to attend Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem would be allowed passage.

The sealing of the West Bank and Gaza is one of several punitive orders that have been implemented by the Israeli government following an attack in Tel Aviv that left four Israelis killed and another six wounded.

The measure comes just one day after Israel’s decision to freeze more than 83,000 permits allowing Palestinians to enter Israel and East Jerusalem during Ramadan, including freezing the work permits of 204 of the suspected attackers’ relatives who rely on entering Israel for work. more