The Biblical city of Bethlehem has been closed down following an announcement by Israel’s Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Thursday. The decision was made in a coordinated effort between the IDF and Palestinian Authority (PA) amidst concerns of the of a coronavirus outbreak. Both Israelis and Arabs will be restricted from both entering and exiting the city.
PA President Abbas also declared a ‘state of emergency’ in Arab occupied areas of Judea and Samaria for 30 days when 7 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Bethlehem.
Source: Israel in the News