IDF reopens work permits to Palestinians from hometown of gunmen in deadly attack

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Israel is unfreezing entry permits to Israel for residents of Kafr Dan, the hometown of two Palestinian gunmen who killed an officer earlier this month, on the West Bank security barrier.

In a statement, the military’s liaison to the Palestinians says the decision, which comes two weeks after the deadly shooting, was made by Defense Minister Benny Gantz during a recent assessment.

Ahmed Abed and Abdul Rahman Abed, from the village near Jenin, were killed in the gun battle with Israeli troops who sought to arrest them on September 14.

Maj. Bar Falah, 30, the deputy commander of the elite Nahal reconnaissance unit, was killed when the gunmen opened fire.

Hundreds of people attend the funeral of Maj. Bar Falah at the military cemetery in Netanya on September 14, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Dozens of work permits belonging to the immediate family of the two gunmen are still frozen, COGAT says.

In the past year, over 2,500 work permits belonging to family members of Palestinian terrorists have been revoked, the statement adds.

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