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Israel to shutter Allenby crossing between West Bank and Jordan over coronavirus

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced that the Allenby border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan will be closed to “all traffic in both directions” starting on Tuesday “due to [the] increase in the spread of coronavirus in the region.”

It said that Allenby will remain shuttered until further notice.

COGAT, however, clarifies that local residents can return to their homes, if they coordinate with authorities.

The Defense Ministry body also says that Jordanians in the area can go back to Jordan, if they make arrangements with authorities.

UPDATE 1: Jordan bars entry from West Bank, Israel, Iraq, Egypt

Jordan has closed border crossings with Israel and the West Bank and its seaports to shipping from Egypt as well as barred overland passenger traffic from Iraq to protect the kingdom from coronavirus, the health minister says.

The government has also banned travel to Lebanon and Syria and from Monday will bar entry to travelers from France, Germany and Spain, Saad Jaber told a news conference. (Reuters)

UPDATE 2: Palestinian Authority bars all foreign tourists for two weeks, closes Bethlehem churches and mosques with 25 confirmed cases of virus and one in Tul Karm.

Header: The Allenby Bridge (also known as the King Hussein Bridge), a major land crossing between Israel and Jordan. (Flash90)