(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

In accordance with the decision by the political echelon and in light of the security assessment, a general closure has been imposed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, effective this morning.

The IDF is deploying in order to allow for a dignified funeral ceremony for the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat.

Passage into the West Bank will be allowed with appropriate permits, as will be publicized.

During the closure, passage will be allowed for humanitarian cases approved by the Liaison offices.