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Israel to close Allenby Bridge for holiday
Published Tuesday 24/04/2012 (updated) 24/04/2012 23:16
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JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Israel will close the border between the West Bank and Jordan on Wednesday for an Israeli holiday, crossing officials said Tuesday.

The Allenby Bridge terminal will be closed from 5 p.m. Wednesday until Sunday, the crossings administration said in a statement. Ambulances will be allowed to cross until 6 p.m. Wednesday, the statement said.

Israel is celebrating the 64th anniversary of its establishment on Thursday. On Sunday, Jews mark Shavuot, the day commemorating God giving the Torah on Mount Sinai.

The Allenby Bridge crossing is the only exit point for most Palestinians in the West Bank.

There is no airport in the West Bank and most Palestinians are not allowed to use Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport, so residents of the West Bank must cross the Allenby Bridge and fly from Amman's airport.
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1 ) Noam / Israel
25/04/2012 00:34
Shavuot is not this Sunday... it's next month, MAY 27th 2012...

2 ) Dawud / UK
25/04/2012 16:10
We contacted a taxi driver at the bridge who says this is not true. If so I think it is very irresponsible of Maan to publish misleading stories. We have enough problems from the Israeli occupation with out adding to the stress of crossing the border.

3 ) ghada / palestine
26/04/2012 11:42
You are right Dawud , I contacted the Allenby bridge and they informed me that the bridge is opened ......it is very stressful as is for us Palestinians wherever we are :(
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