Israel freezes move to let in 1,500 more Gazan workers after overnight rocket fire

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

Israel freezes a move that would expand the quota of work permits for Gazan Palestinians to 15,500, after terrorists in the coastal enclave launched four rockets toward southern Israel overnight.

Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians, widely known by its acronym COGAT, announced Tuesday that an additional 1,500 permits would be added to the quota.

But following the rocket attacks, Defense Minister Benny Gantz has decided to freeze the move, COGAT says.

“The Hamas terror group bears responsibility for everything that is done in and emanates from the Gaza Strip towards the State of Israel, and it will bear the consequences,” the statement says.

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