Israel to seal off Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur Sep 15, 2021 0 0 12345 Tel Aviv - The Israeli army is sealing off the Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar, which begins at sunset on Wednesday. The West Bank and Gaza border crossings will be open only to Palestinians in certain medical and humanitarian cases, the military said on Tuesday. The restrictions will be in effect from midday Wednesday until midnight on Thursday. Israel usually closes border crossings on Jewish holidays citing security concerns. There have been several attacks by Palestinians on Israelis in recent days, including in Jerusalem, causing Israeli police to up their presence in the contested city’s main squares. To mark Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, thousands of worshippers are expected to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, one of the holiest sites for Jews worldwide. (dpa) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Chinese metropolis of Xiamen goes into lockdown after COVID outbreak Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Biden to meet leaders of Australia, India and Japan Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Foreign forces must leave Syria, Putin tells Assad in Moscow Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Singapore hosts China’s leading diplomat dpa Bangkok Three weeks after the visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday hosted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for what he said was “a productive and candid .. Putin self-isolating due to coronavirus cases within his inner circle Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating after people in his “inner circle” tested positive for coronavirus, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Putin, 68, will not hold face-to-face meetings for the time .. Philippines to relax COVID curbs despite high case count dpa Manila The Philippines will ease coronavirus restrictions in the capital region starting this week, in a bid to boost economic activity despite high numbers of new Covid-19 cases, the government said on Tuesday. The .. Singapore news website forced offline over foreign funds allegations Bangkok: Two weeks after losing a defamation suit filed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore news portal The Online Citizen’s website and social media operating licences were on Tuesday suspended by the .. Unknown assailants free 240 inmates in attack on Nigerian jail Lagos: Unknown assailants freed 240 prisoners from a jail in the West African country of Nigeria during a deadly overnight attack. The prison in the town of Kabba in the central state of Kogi was attacked by several heavily ..