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Israel will close off Palestinian territories for Jewish holidays

The military said on Tuesday that Israel would close the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip ahead of three Jewish holidays.

Palestinians will not be allowed to leave the West Bank or the Gaza Strip to enter Israel during the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, as well as the Yom Kippur and Sukkot holidays in October later this month.

“During the shutdown, only humanitarian, medical and exceptional cases will be allowed,” the army, which has been implementing these measures regularly during the holidays, said.

The shutdowns come against a backdrop of rising tensions after a series of deadly attacks on Israel since March.

Since then, Israeli forces have intensified raids in the West Bank, particularly in the areas of Nablus and Jenin where Palestinian armed groups are active.

The operations, which are aimed at arresting people suspected of “terrorism”, according to the military, are often punctuated by clashes with fighters or residents.

Dozens of Palestinians, including members of armed groups, have been killed.

On Tuesday, a Palestinian was killed in clashes in the city of Nablus in a rare operation by Palestinian Authority security forces to arrest members of Hamas, the Islamic movement that controls the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s secular victory has clashed with Hamas since 2007, when the Islamist movement took control of Gaza after a near civil war.

Since then, reconciliation efforts have failed.

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