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Israeli authorities resume Gazan permits to Aqsa

July 3, 2015 1:24 P.M. (Updated: July 3, 2015 4:59 P.M.)

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities resumed permits for Palestinians in Gaza to travel to pray in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Friday, a Palestinian liaison official said.

Five hundred worshipers above the age of 50 were allowed by Israeli authorities to enter Jerusalem via the Erez crossing, 100 of whom gained permits through coordination with Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.

Israeli authorities revoked last week’s permits for Gazans to visit the holy site after a rocket allegedly fired from the strip hit an open area near the town of Ashkelon in the western Negev earlier that week.

Israeli official Yoav Mordechai told Ma'an at the time that the 500 men and women scheduled to leave Gaza would not be allowed to travel because “the security conditions around the crossing aren’t stable," adding that the recent rocket fire landed “not far from the Erez crossing" on the Gaza-Israel border.

While Israel initially eased severe travel restrictions for Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan, authorities said such increases in movement came on the condition that security wasn't "breached."

Friday's decision came after Mordechai said last week that Israeli authorities would reevaluate security conditions in order to determine future travel by Gazans into Jerusalem.

Despite reissuing permits for Palestinians in Gaza, Israeli authorities set new restrictions Tuesday on Palestinians entering Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank after several attacks targeting the Israeli military and settlers, revoking the entry permits of hundreds set to travel during Ramadan.

Victoria / Canada
There are still no photographs on Mohammad Deff’s Instagram account, taken from his hospital bedside wearing his pajamas while he is recuperating.
03/07/2015 13:41
Susie / Samoa
cont. And then wonder why their families obeyed the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, and ran away from their homes. When the Arabs not only rejected the 1948 partition, but attacked Israel from all sides, by the "Arab Liberation Army” during the Arab Invasion.
03/07/2015 17:56
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