Palestinian workers on a farm in Gaza.
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Jerusalem – Israel on Thursday announced an additional 2,000 entry permits for Palestinians in Gaza, bringing the total number of permits for workers in the blockaded enclave to 14,000.
“Following a security assessment, the defense minister has decided to increase the quota of entry permits for work and trade in Israel by an additional 2,000,” said COGAT, the Israeli defense ministry body responsible for civil affairs. in the Palestinian territories.
He said in a statement:
All the latest civilian measures regarding the Gaza Strip depend on the continued maintenance of stable security over time, and their expansion will be considered in light of the assessed situation.
Israel has maintained a strict blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007, when the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas took power.
Only the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt is outside of Israeli control and it has also remained largely closed.
A recent World Bank report put the unemployment rate among Gaza’s more than two million people at nearly 48%.
Work in Israel provides a livelihood for thousands of Gazans, who can earn much higher wages on Israeli farms and construction sites than in Gaza.
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