(JNS) Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza applied on Wednesday October 6th to get permits to work in Israel.

“There is no work in the Gaza Strip,” said Fathi Abu Nur, a 40-year-old unemployed man, told AFP.

Israel has resumed allowing Gazan workers into the country. It is issuing seven thousand work permits for Gazans, up from five thousand workers and traders allowed in August, an Israeli security official told AFP.

Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip reached a ceasefire in May after eleven days of conflict after terror factions in the coastal enclave launched more than four thousand rockets towards civilian populations in the Jewish state. Since then, Israel has loosened restrictions, reopened crossings and expanded the fishing zone.

An unnamed Palestinian official told AFP that the increased number of work permits was “the result of a political process, including discussions in Cairo between the Hamas movement and Egyptian officials.”




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