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An ultra-Orthodox Jew performs a Jewish ritual called 'Kaparot,' performed before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest of Jewish holidays, in the Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem, Israel, 09 October 2016.
Photograph: EPA/ABIR SULTAN

Crossings from Israel into Palestinian territories in the Gaza Strip and West Bank will be closed starting Monday night due to the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, according to an Israeli army statement.

The crossings will reopen Wednesday night, with Palestinians allowed to use the crossings only under special circumstances or in humanitarian cases, an army spokeswoman said on Monday.

The Israeli army often closes the crossings during holidays due to heightened security concerns, with extra measures starting earlier this month with the Jewish New Year celebrations.

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism and centres on seeking repentance and forgiveness.

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