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Israel allows Gaza Christians to spend Easter in West Bank

April 29, 2013 6:51 P.M. (Updated: May 1, 2013 10:24 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel has granted hundreds of Orthodox Christians in the Gaza Strip permission to celebrate Easter in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said Monday.

Palestinian liaison officials told Ma'an that they had received around 500 permits for Christians in Gaza, valid from April 30 to May 12.

Guy Inbar, a spokesman for Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, told Ma'an that around 540 permits were issued for Christians to spend Easter in the West Bank.

Israel has closed the Erez crossing on its border with Gaza in response to rocket fire from the enclave, but Inbar said the Christians were granted permits despite the closure "for humanitarian reasons."

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