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Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Israel Eases Restrictions for Arabs in West Bank and Gaza

IDF: As per an assessment of the situation, the IDF removed the encirclement around all Palestinian cities except for Nablus and Jenin.

In addition, permission was granted for the passage of private vehicles on an individual basis - upon prior approval by the DCO. Permission was also granted for public transportation throughout the area.

A bottleneck of Palestinian cars wait at an
Israeli checkpoint near the West Bank city
of Ramallah. Israel has decided to ease its
blockade of Palestinian towns in the West
Bank with the exception of Nablus and Jenin.
(AFP/File/Thomas Coex)

The IDF will continue to ease restrictions for the Palestinian population, while simultaneously waging an uncompromising battle against terror, according to the volume of terror in each sector.

It should also be noted that this past week:

-Permission was granted to 10,000 workers and to 1,000 traders from the Gaza Strip to work inside Israel.

-Permission was granted to 3,000 traders from the West Bank to work inside Israel.

-Permission was granted to 1,500 workers (age 21 and over) from the West Bank to work in the 'Atarot' industrial area.

-Permission was granted for the back to back exchange of goods in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.