The IDF has sealed off the West Bank until the end of Independence Day. Passage through the border crossings will be permitted only for urgent medical and humanitarian cases. The Gaza Strip crossings are closed too.

IDF soldiers near border crossing

IDF soldiers near border crossing Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The IDF sealed off the West Bank area and closed the Gaza Strip crossings on Monday night in preparation for the national Israeli Memorial Day and Independence Day. This closure will continue until the night between Thursday and Friday.

From now until the end of Israel’s 70th Independence Day, Palestinians will be permitted to enter Israel only in emergency humanitarian and medical cases, which will be subjected to the approval of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

The IDF has clarified that the closure was laid down in accordance with a governmental directive and the IDF evaluation of the current situation. The IDF Spokesperson mentioned that the reopening of the crossings and removal of the closure are planned for Thursday at midnight –in accordance with a reevaluation of the situation.

Meanwhile, ahead of the Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and terror victims, Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot published a special statement: “About seven decades have passed since the sound of a siren punctured the nation’s streets in its first days and poured out silence in our country. On this day, we bow our heads alongside the bereaved families. In view of the eternal solidarity that bonds us and our brothers in arms, we pledge to stand by those who paid for our security with their bodies and souls – The IDF’s wounded.”

“Together, carrying the feelings of pain and yearning, we stand tall – and carry a 70-year-old responsibility for the security of Israeli citizens and inhabitants. In the name of this responsibility, stands the Israeli Defense Force as a national and professional people’s force, operating coherently under a single cause,” Eizenkot added. “In the name of same responsibility, we stand as a fortified wall towards any threat, preserving the IDF as a readied and powerful force and acting to fulfill our joint destination: Defending the country and guaranteeing its existence.”