Israeli authorities have decided to extend from 50 to 70 years the time state archives remain classified, the head of the archives said.

The classified material includes documents about the armed forces and secret services, and key events such as the 1967 Six-Day War.

"These documents will remain classified out of concern for the private lives of people, or those close to them, who are mentioned," National Archives head Yehoshua Freundlich told AFP.

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