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Israel closes off West Bank, Gaza ahead of Eid al-Adha


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Israeli forces have sealed off the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, as Palestinians prepare to mark the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.

Israel was in security lockdown on Friday as Eid al-Adha, one of the most important Islamic festivities, coincided with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur for the first time in three decades.

According to reports from the occupied territories, Israeli troops are on high alert and have deployed additional personnel in several cities, including Jerusalem (al-Quds).

Additional Israeli police officers have been deployed near the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Public transport stopped running at 3:00 pm (1200 GMT) and Israel’s airspace was closed from 2:00 pm on Friday, public radio said.

Seaports and land borders with Jordan and Egypt were also shut down.

There were now fears of clashes between Palestinians and Israelis on Saturday when Muslims were getting ready to celebrate Eid al-Adha and Jews fasted and prayed for Yom Kippur.

The developments come after Israel launched a 50-day war on Gaza on July 8, killing over 2,100 Palestinians, including 578 children and nearly 260 women, and injuring some 11,000 others.

Report By Press TV (Source Link)