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Israel to close Allenby crossing for Jewish holidays

Sept. 16, 2018 11:16 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 18, 2018 3:20 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- The border crossing between Jordan and the occupied West Bank, known as Allenby or Karameh bridge crossing, will be closed most of Tuesday and all of Wednesday in both directions due to Jewish holidays.

Palestinian police sources said that Israel informed them that the Allenby bridge crossing will be remain open 24-hours a day on Sunday and Monday, however, it will be closed on Tuesday starting from 8 a.m.

Palestinian police added that work will resume at the Allenby crossing on Thursday morning and confirmed the closure is due to upcoming Jewish holidays.

The closure marks Israel’s Yom Kippur also known as Day of Atonement, one of the most sacred holidays in Judaism, which starts at sunset on Tuesday and ends at sunset on Wednesday.

Severe restrictions on movement for Palestinians are typically implemented by Israeli authorities during Jewish holidays for alleged security purposes.

Debilitating poverty and lack of employment drive many workers in the occupied West Bank to enter Israel in search of work. Israel's imposition of closures on the Palestinian territory has severely affected the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who depend on entering Israel, or its illegal settlements, for employment opportunities.

The Allenby border crossing serves hundreds of Palestinians daily, as Palestinians living in the occupied territory are unable to use Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport -- with the exception of a few special permit holders -- and therefore must cross through the Allenby Bridge to access the Amman airport in order to travel abroad.
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