IS­RAEL LOCKS DOWN W BANK, GAZA FOR AN­NIVER­SARY PARTY

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

The Is­raeli army has im­posed a four-day clo­sure on both the oc­cu­pied West Bank and the block­aded Gaza Strip ahead of planned cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of Is­rael’s es­tab­lish­ment, which be­gan yes­ter­day and will con­tinue un­til mid-May. Ac­cord­ing to an army state­ment, the clo­sure be­gan on mid­night Sun­day and will con­tinue un­til mid­night Fri­day. The Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties typ­i­cally lock down the oc­cu­pied West Bank dur­ing Jew­ish hol­i­days. It is the first time, how­ever, for the army to seal the West Bank and Gaza for na­tional an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

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