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No Jerusalem permits for Palestinians in Gaza this Ramadan, says Israel military

Palestinian security forces check vehicles at a checkpoint to investigate the assassination of an official of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed branch of Hamas, Mazen Fuqaha, who was killed in Gaza City, Gaza on March 26, 2017. ( Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency )
Palestinian security forces in Gaza City, Gaza on 26 March, 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation authorities announced yesterday that there would be no travel permits for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during Ramadan this year.

According to the Times of Israel, the Israeli military said it had approved "a series of civilian measures for the holiday period" in the occupied West Bank, a reference to a loosening of routine movement restrictions. Such a step typically takes place every Ramadan.

The Times of Israel added that "the measures will allow Palestinians in the West Bank to see family members in Israel", to "travel abroad from Ben Gurion Airport", and to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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However, the Israeli news site continued, "these will not apply to Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip" despite the fact that "in previous years, residents of the coastal enclave were given some special dispensations for Ramadan — normally in the form of permits to visit Jerusalem".

The Israeli occupation authorities decided not to grant these permits following a "situational assessment", an Israeli military spokesperson said according to the Times of Israel.

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