(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

In accordance with Ministry of Defense directives and in light of security assessments, a general closure of Judea and Samaria will commence today, October 12, 2008 at midnight. The lifting of the closure will be carried out on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at midnight, in accordance with security assessments.

For the duration of the closure, the passage of those in need of humanitarian and medical aid, as well as other specific requests will be authorized by the District Coordination and Liaison offices.

The IDF regards the festival of Tabernacles as a highly sensitive time. Accordingly, the IDF will be on higher alert in order to ensure the safety of the citizens of Israel, while preserving, to the best of its ability, the daily routine of the Palestinian population.