Friday, December 2, 2022

Yom Kippur: Israel to seal off Palestinian territories

The Israeli army has begun sealing off the Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar.

• September 14, 2021

The Israeli army has begun sealing off the Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar, which will begin at sunset on Wednesday.

The West Bank and Gaza border crossings would be opened only to Palestinians in certain medical and humanitarian cases, the military said on Tuesday.

The restrictions will be in effect from midday on Wednesday until midnight on Thursday.

Israel usually closed border crossings on Jewish holidays, citing security concerns.

In recent days, there have been several attacks by Palestinians on Israelis, including in Jerusalem, causing Israeli police to up their presence in the contested city’s main squares.

To mark Yom Kippur, thousands of worshippers are expected to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, one of the holiest sites for Jews worldwide.

Israel conquered the West Bank and East Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967.

The Palestinians wanted to establish an independent state of Palestine on the territory with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Israel also tightened a blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in 2007, which Egypt has supported. Both countries justified this on security grounds.


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette


Enugu DisCo laments vandals destroying its equipment

EEDC has arrested and handed eight electricity installation vandals to the police for investigation and prosecution.

Akin-George Fashola

Hot news Home top

Lagos begins issuing international driver’s permit

The Lagos government says it will start issuing international driver’s permit effective this month.

Olufunmilayo Balogun-Alexander


Guterres appoints Nigerian Balogun-Alexander UN resident coordinator in Timor-Leste

Ms Balogun-Alexander has more than 30 years of experience working on and leading humanitarian, peace and development projects at a senior level globally.

National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) used to illustrate the story.


SGBV: NAPTIP decries rising violence against women, girls in Abuja

NAPTIP received a report of 1,100 cases of domestic SGBV between January and October.

Biden Putin


Biden hints on NATO-led talks with Moscow, if Putin is “willing”

Mr Biden says he is prepared to hold talks with Russia President Vladimir Putin in consultation with his allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde (Photo Credit: Twitter)


2023: Makinde parleys PDP members in Ogbomoso, begs for votes

Mr Makinde said that the essence of the meeting was to resolve the internal crises within the party in the zone.