Israeli army blockades Palestinian territories during Pesach holiday

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Today the Israel Defence Force set up a blockade of all Palestinian territories on the left bank of the Jordan River for 48 hours during Passover celebrations, the main Jewish festival marking the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.

The decision to set up a blockade was made by Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon after consultations at the Army HQ concerning the current situation, the Israeli media report.

During the blockade between 0:00 Monday till 23:59 Tuesday GMT (01:00 today – 0:59 Wednesday Moscow time) Palestinians will be allowed to enter Israel from the West Bank only for medical or humanitarian reasons.

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