Is­rael closes Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries for hol­i­day

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al­co­hol but play only slow mu­sic dur­ing an ini­tial 30-day morn­ing pe­riod and are ex­pected to close by 1am at the lat­est. – IS­RAEL closed off the oc­cu­pied West Bank and Gaza Strip yes­ter­day for the Jewish hol­i­day of Sukkot, the army said, as con­cerns rose over whether vis­its to a sen­si­tive holy site could lead to more vi­o­lence.

The re­stric­tions bar­ring Pales­tini­ans from en­ter­ing would re­main in place through to­day, but hu­man­i­tar­ian cases would be al­lowed pas­sage, said an army spokesper­son.

Sukkot usu­ally sees an in­crease in the num­ber of Jewish vis­i­tors to the flash­point Al-Aqsa mosque com­pound in east Jerusalem, which has led to clashes in past years.

The site is sa­cred to both Mus­lims and Jews, who re­fer to it as the Tem­ple Mount.

Is­rael oc­cu­pied east Jerusalem in 1967 and later an­nexed it, and the holy site is cen­tral to the Is­raeliPales­tinian con­flict. Pales­tini­ans fear Is­rael may one day seek to as­sert fur­ther con­trol over it.

Yes­ter­day evening marked the be­gin­ning of Sukkot, a week-long hol­i­day to com­mem­o­rate the Jewish jour­ney through the Si­nai wilder­ness to the Holy Land after the bib­li­cal ex­o­dus from Egyp­tian slav­ery.

It is the third of three suc­ces­sive Jewish hol­i­days that have led to ten­sions with the Pales­tini­ans in the past.

Last week, Jews marked Yom Kip­pur, while Rosh Hashanah, or New Year, was the pre­vi­ous week. –

Photo: AFP

(From left) Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma pose dur­ing the BRICS Sum­mit in Goa yes­ter­day.

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