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Israel extends closure of West Bank

May 16, 2011 1:14 P.M. (Updated: May 17, 2011 10:31 A.M.)
TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- A statement from Israel's military announced a 24-hour extension of a West Bank closure "as part of the situation assessments adopted by the defense establishment."

A closure had been imposed on the area starting Saturday night, ahead of Sunday events marking the 63rd anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, when almost 800,000 Palestinians fled or were forced out of homes during fighting when Israel declared statehood.

Israel's military statement said the "closure will be lifted on the night of Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 23:59."

The statement noted that for "the duration of the closure, persons in need of medical attention, humanitarian aid or exceptional assistance will be permitted to pass for care, with the authorization of the Civil Administration."

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