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Israel to seal off West Bank, Gaza Strip

The Erez Crossing between Gaza and Israel, closed on the Gaza-side by Hamas officials in response to the assasination of one of it's leaders, Mazen Fuqaha, in the Gaza Strip on March 24, 2016 [Mohammed Asad / Middle East Monitor]
The Erez Crossing between Gaza and Israel in the Gaza Strip on 24 March, 2016 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Israel will today close off the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip for five days to Saturday to mark the Jewish new year.

During this holiday, Israeli occupation forces prevent Palestinians from entering Israel and Jerusalem. This stops them access their jobs and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Quds Press reported an Israeli military official saying that the situation in the West Bank and Jerusalem is "still sensitive" from a security perspective.

He said that the reason for this is the "continuous accusations that Israel is targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque".

Israel regularly closes checkpoints and border crossings during Jewish holidays hindering Palestinians' access to the outside world. This also exacerbates an already fragile situation where many Palestinians are on low incomes and are stopped from earning because of travel restrictions imposed on them by the occupation.

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Image of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip [4biaplatform/Twitter]

Image of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip [4biaplatform/Twitter]

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