June 3, 2003

Easing of Restrictions
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

Since the beginning of this week, the IDF, in coordination with the Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories, and following decision taken by the government, implemented the easing of restrictions in the following areas:

  • The lifting of the general closure over the West Bank and Gaza.
  • A daily increase of the number of workers entering Israel from Gaza: On Sunday, approximately 5,000 Palestinians workers left Gaza for work in Israel; on Monday, 10,000, and today (Tuesday) 11,000 Palestinian workers left Gaza for work in Israel.
  • The fishing area was increased to 10 miles of the shores of Gaza.
  • Public transportation in the West Bank was renewed, and now there are 8 public transportation lines operating.
  • The scope of transfer of goods between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza has increased.