The IDF removed this afternoon the encirclement that was imposed upon the cities of Tul Karem, Hebron, Bethlehem, and Kalkiliya. The removal of the encirclements was made possible in the areas in which there was a relative decrease in the levels of violence, and is intended to enable the Palestinians residents in the area to resume their normal daily life.

The IDF Spokesperson emphasizes that the IDF does not intend to burden the Palestinian residents.

The fact remains that the Palestinian Authority does not prevent terror from its territory but rather encourages it, which hurts first and foremost the Palestinian population itself. In the event that violence and terror attacks are resumed the necessary steps will be taken.