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  7/7/2013, Tammuz 29, 5773

IDF Presents Relaxation of Restrictions for Ramadan


The Allenby Bridge Crossing over the River Jordan was scheduled to be open 24 hours, Sunday, among relaxations in travel restrictions announced by the Israel Defense Forces and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the observance of which is scheduled to start on Wednesday in the Palestinian Authority (PA)-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria (Shomron). The gestures call for the issuing of up to 500 permits for foreign visits to the region until the closing celebration of Eid Al-Fitr, and for the importation of food via the Meitar Crossing, which will be open to pedestrians until midnight. Other pedestrian crossings expanding operations until midnight are Eliyahu/Eyal, Gilboa, Reichan and Sha'ar Ephraim.

PA residents over the age of 60 will have unrestricted access to other parts of Israel. Men over the age of 40 and women from the PA assigned areas of Judea and Samaria will also have unrestricted access to the Temple Mount for Friday prayers and the Al-Kader evening prayers. Men between 35 and 40 will be allowed on a permit basis. A limit of 20,000 will be applied to regular weekday prayers. Children up to 12 years will be allowed if accompanied by a parent. The entry of those between 12 and 16 is subject to a security assessment. Permits will be required for visits to relatives in other parts of Israel, including bringing children up to the age of 16.

Soldiers have been instructed to be sensitive to the dawn-to-dusk fast while maintaining due diligence.