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Israel cancels all permits from the Gaza Strip to Al-Aqsa during Ramadan

June 9, 2016 9:56 P.M. (Updated: June 10, 2016 12:16 P.M.)
(AFP, File)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities notified Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Thursday that all coordination with the besieged enclave, including permits for a select number of Gazans to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, has been frozen, according to local sources.

As part of a line of punitive orders issued by Israeli authorities following a deadly attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday that left four Israelis killed and an additional six wounded, Israeli authorities cancelled all coordination with the besieged Gaza Strip for the holy month of Ramadan.

The cancellation will end weekly visitations during Ramadan by elderly Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to occupied East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, implemented as part of a ceasefire agreement that ended Israel’s 2014 offensive on the besieged Palestinian territory.

The decision comes on the heels of Israeli authorities issuing an order earlier on Thursday freezing more than 83,000 permits allowing Palestinians to enter Israel and occupied East Jerusalem during Ramadan, including freezing the work permits of 204 of the suspected attackers’ relatives who work in Israel.

The majority of the more than 1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are sealed inside the coastal enclave due to a near-decade long military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.

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