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Israel to allow in 2,000 more Gaza workers, after move frozen over rocket attack

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

Palestinian workers are seen at the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, as they wait to enter Israel for work, on March 13, 2022. (Attia Muhammed/Flash90)
Palestinian workers are seen at the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, as they wait to enter Israel for work, on March 13, 2022. (Attia Muhammed/Flash90)

Israel unfreezes a move that expands the quota of work permits for Gazan Palestinians to 14,000, almost a week after a rocket was launched at southern Israel.

Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians, widely known by its acronym COGAT, announced last Thursday that an additional 2,000 permits would be added to the quota. But the move was stopped on Saturday, hours after terrorists in the Gaza Strip launched one rocket at the coastal Israeli city of Ashkelon.

COGAT says Defense Minister Benny Gantz has now signed off on allowing the move to go ahead, effective from Sunday, “on the condition that security calm is maintained in the area.”

The Defense Ministry has signed off on a tentative plan to eventually raise the number of Gaza permits to 20,000, a dramatic and unprecedented increase. In mid-2021, just 7,000 Palestinians from Gaza had permits to work or trade in Israel.

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