Passengers entering Israel on Tuesday (March 10) prepared to self-quarantine for 14 days, after the country required it from anyone arriving from overseas as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who announced the decision on Monday (March 9), said the new measures would be in effect for two weeks initially.
Government officials said the order would come into force immediately for Israelis returning to the country.
From Thursday, any non-Israelis seeking to enter the country will have to prove they have the means to self-quarantine, the officials said.
Israeli media said the latest measure would mean quarantine for some 300,000 citizens in a country of around 9 million.
The military leader of Sudan's sovereign council says a recently announced "normalization" deal with Israel benefits both sides, despite some opposition at home and suggestions that Khartoum was pressured into compliance. David Doyle reports.
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Diamond traders in Dubai say they have been inundated with enquiries from Israelis, who traditionally do their business in Belgium's Antwerp -- the world's biggest centre for traders of rough and polished diamonds. Last month the UAE and Bahrain signed agreements to normalize ties with Israel. Adam Reed reports.