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Shots reported at Israeli military post in West Bank as border closure set

Israel security forces continued operations overnight in West Bank city of Jenin and village of Burqin on February 4, 2018, in response to killing of Rabbi from nearby settlement
IDF Spokesperson's Unit
There were no injuries, but bullet cases were spotted as security forces continue to search the area

Shots were fired at an army position in the West Bank near Ramallah on Tuesday night, Israel Defense Forces reported.

There were no injuries, but bullet cases were spotted as security forces continue to search the area.

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) announced Monday that it would impose a general closure on the West Bank and all border crossings to the Gaza Strip ahead of the upcoming Purim holiday following assessments of the security situation.

The closure was set to begin Tuesday night and end Saturday night, making crossing between the West Bank or Gaza Strip and Israel during that time impossible, except in humanitarian and other outstanding cases.

The closure will impact tens of thousands of Palestinians who work legally inside Israel every day, primarily in construction and maintenance jobs. Palestinians who work inside Israeli settlements in the West Bank will not be affected.

Such closures are common during Jewish holidays, which are often associated with increased tension and potential for violence, particularly around religious sites which see increased numbers of Jewish visitors arriving to worship.

Purim, one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Israel by religious and secular Israelis alike who dress up in costume for the festivities. The holiday commemorates the biblical Queen Esther’s foiling of a plot by Haman to kill all the Jews in the ancient Persian empire.

Purim will begin throughout most of the country on Wednesday evening, and in Jerusalem on Thursday evening.

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