IDF Alert Prompts Closure on PA-Controlled Areas (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/30/12)
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As part of the preparations and high alert for the Arab “Land Day”,
which will be marked on Friday, the IDF Spokesman announced on
Thursday night that, following a decision by Defense Minister Ehud
Barak, a general closure was imposed on the Palestinian Authority-
controlled areas of Judea and Samaria.
The closure was imposed as of 11:59 p.m. (Israel time) on Thursday
night and will be removed on Friday at 11:59 p.m. (Israel time),
pending an assessment of the security situation in the region.
According to the IDF announcement, during the closure movement into
Israeli territory will be allowed only for humanitarian reasons,
medical reasons and other exceptions, all subject to the approval of
the Civil Administration.
Earlier Thursday it was reported that the IDF, police and Shin Bet,
as well as MDA emergency services, are all poised for dealing with
possible Arab disturbances during Land Day.
Security forces expect violence by Arab citizens of Israel and Arab
residents of Jerusalem. Hundreds of additional police have beefed up
security presence in and around Jerusalem. These include snipers and
Yasam Special Forces, which will break up violent altercations and
break into the Temple Mount if necessary.
Most forces will be placed near mosques, where Muslims hold their
Arabs from neighboring countries – Lebanon, Jordan and Syria – as
well as from Gaza, are expected to march toward the Israeli border in
a planned ‘Global March to Jerusalem’. According to intelligence
assessments, Iran is behind these initiatives. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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