9,000 travelers pass through Ben Gurion Airport as rules lifted, most departing — TV

Some 9,000 people pass through Ben Gurion Airport today as the cap on the number of permitted travelers allowed in and out of the country is lifted,  Channel 12 reports.

It’s the highest daily number of passengers to go through the main international airport since late January.

According to the network, more Israelis are leaving than coming in, with some 3,500 arrivals and over 5,000 departures.

Ben Gurion International Airport is handling some 60 incoming and outgoing flights on Sunday, as Israeli nationals come back into the country ahead of Tuesday’s elections, following weeks of stringent limitations.

The High Court ruled on Wednesday that a government-imposed cap of 3,000 returning citizens per day disproportionately violated civil rights due to its sweeping and extended nature, as well as the proximity to the March 23 elections.

Medical technicians test passengers for COVID-19 at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv on March 8, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
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