Territories closed for Passover holiday

Sunday, April 01, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
A full closure has been imposed on Judea and Samaria, which started late Saturday night and is to continue through the end of Passover. The closure will be lifted after the holiday, following a security assessment.

Only humanitarian aid workers will be allowed entrance into Israel from Judea and Samaria during the Passover holiday.

International organization workers, lawyers, medical professionals, clergymen, and other populations are to be given entry permits, under the coordination of Israeli security forces and the Palestinian Authority.

Security forces are also gearing up for the Easter holiday, which follows a couple of days after the Passover Seder. Thousands of Christians living in the Judea and Samaria area have been granted entry permits into Israel to spend the holiday with their families.

Israeli citizens will also be allowed to enter Jericho, Bethlehem and the Gaza Strip in order to celebrate and participate in religious ceremonies with their families.

Hundreds of Christian residents from Gaza will also be permitted to leave the Strip in order to take part in religious ceremonies in Israel.

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