The Associated Press
October 12, 2008 - 8:00pm

Israel has shut down entry from the West Bank during the weeklong Sukkot holiday.

The order bars almost all West Bank Palestinians from entering Israel until Oct. 21, though Israel says exceptions will be made for humanitarian cases.

Israel routinely imposes such closures on Jewish holidays. It fears Palestinians could carry out attacks during the holiday period.

Sukkot is a seven-day festival that commemorates the 40 years Jews spent in the desert living in temporary huts in biblical times. Many Israelis build sukkahs, or huts, to live or eat in to mark the holiday.


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