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Israel closes West Bank during Yom Kippur

Oct. 8, 2008 9:32 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 8, 2008 9:32 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israel sealed the West Bank on Tuesday night for the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, which begins at sunset on Wednesday.

The closure means that even Palestinians who have a permit to enter Jerusalem or Israel will not be allowed to do so. Ordinarily, mot residents of the occupied territories are barred from Jerusalem without hard-to-obtain permits.

Israeli officials said the closure would be lifted on Friday morning. Until then, extra police and military forces will be deployed, especially in Jerusalem near the vicinity of the Wailing Wall.

The holiest day of the year for Jews, Yom Kippur is a day of atonement, marked with a fast.

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