Gaza: lists opened to work in Israel, long lines

Reported 10,000 permits but no official confirmation

06 October, 14:36

    Palestinian workers breach the Israeli separation barrier into an Israeli area, near the West Bank city of Hebron Palestinian workers breach the Israeli separation barrier into an Israeli area, near the West Bank city of Hebron

    GAZA - Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza on Wednesday rushed to five stations to register as unskilled workers interested in working in Israel, once it is possible for them to go through the Erez crossing, local sources said. The same sources claimed the initial information on détente measures that Israel could decide to promote calm at the border have sparked interest among the many unemployed in the Gaza Strip.

    To apply for a job in Israel, workers have to be aged 28 to 58 and need to be vaccinated against Covid. Local sources added that Israel has already authorized the entry of 5,000 retailers from Gaza and that now - according to unconfirmed reports - it could grant 10,000 permits for unskilled workers. Expressions of cautious optimism have meanwhile come from Hamas after a series of talks held in Cairo. According to Hamas, Egypt is willing to support a détente by facilitating the transit of people and goods at the Rafah crossing. In particular, entry into Egypt of construction material was agreed.

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