September 23, 2003

Permits issued to Palestinian workers and merchants despite closure following August 19th suicide bombing
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

Based on security assessments and decisions made by the political echelon, the IDF and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories implemented today several steps for easing conditions of the Palestinian civilian population.

  • 10,000 Palestinians workers and 1,000 merchants from throughout the Gaza Strip were issued work permits enabling them to work in Israel.
  • 5,500 Palestinian workers and 4,000 merchants were issued permits to enter Israel from the West Bank, including: 2,000 workers from Bethlehem, 1,000 workers from Tulkarm, 2,000 workers from Kalikilya, and 500 workers from Jericho.
  • 2,000 Christians were issued permission to enter from Bethlehem for the "Birth of Mary" holiday.

    The IDF will continue work towards easing the humanitarian situation for the Palestinian civilian population, along with the IDF’s continuing war against the terrorist organizations and their infrastructure.