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58 Gazans travel to Jordan via Allenby Bridge crossing

May 30, 2016 10:09 P.M. (Updated: May 31, 2016 5:48 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A group of 58 Gazan Palestinians were permitted on Monday to travel through Jordan’s Karam crossing (Allenby Bridge) from the occupied West Bank after first leaving the Gaza Strip via the Erez crossing into Israel.

Sources in the Israeli liaison department in charge of the Gaza Strip said the crossing was organized upon coordination between the Palestinian and Israeli liaison departments. Eighty-three Palestinians were scheduled to leave Erez to Allenby Bridge, but only 58 arrived. 

After Israeli authorities allowed them to leave the blockaded coastal enclave, the Palestinians were taken to the Allenby Bridge crossing in special buses to then pass through to Jordan, the sources added.

The Israeli liaison department reported that “the number of Palestinian passengers from the Gaza Strip traveling to Jordan and on to European countries and other Western countries via Israeli crossings has been increasing.” 

In the past few months, the Israeli sources said, 1,500 Gazan passengers left to Jordan via Israeli crossings.

The crossing comes after Egyptian authorities reopened the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the besieged Palestinian territory for 48 hours earlier this month, after an 85-day closure.

The nearly nine-year Israeli blockade upheld by Egypt has plunged the Gaza Strip’s more than 1.8 million Palestinians into poverty. 

The destruction from three Israeli offensives over the past six years and slow reconstruction due to the blockade led the UN in September to warn that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” by 2020.

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