Israel Closes Off West Bank Until End of Shavuot Amid Security Concerns
JNS.org – Two days after the Palestinian terrorist shooting that killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv, the Israeli diplomatic-security cabinet imposed a general closure on all of the West Bank and on border crossings into Gaza.
The two terrorists who carried out Wednesday’s shooting hail from the Palestinian city of Yatta in the West Bank. The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit issued a statement Friday saying that the border crossings would only be reopened after the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which ends in Israel on Sunday night.
Over the weekend, the closure will only be lifted in the event of a humanitarian, medical, or otherwise extreme emergency, pending the approval of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai.
Also on Friday, the Israel Police were bracing for potential clashes on the Temple Mount as the first Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan were set to begin. Early Friday morning, thousands of police officers fanned out across eastern Jerusalem and the Old City in an effort to bolster security in the area. The police called on Muslim worshippers to adhere to police instructions and maintain the peace while observing their holiday.