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Israel May Close West Bank Crossings to Palestinian Areas amid Virus Surge

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that he was ordering the government to examine the possibility of closing the crossings to West Bank areas under Palestinian Authority control due to a surge in coronavirus cases among Palestinians.

“Because of the dramatic surge in infection in the Palestinian Authority, I have directed the government to immediately analyze the option of closing the crossings to Palestinian areas,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter.

Palestinians saw a record-shattering 1,811 new confirmed coronavirus infections between Monday and Tuesday as the pandemic worsened in both the West Bank and Gaza. Around 26 percent of tests came back positive among all Palestinians, indicating that the coronavirus was spreading even more widely while going largely undetected. (TOI / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you continue to guard over Israel and your children throughout the world, and protect them from this pandemic.”