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6 Palestinians from Gaza detained for illegally staying in Israel

Aug. 7, 2017 7:08 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 7, 2017 7:08 P.M.)
Undocumented Palestinian workers detained by Israel police in July 2017. (Credit: Israeli police/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli police detained seven Palestinians, six of whom from the Gaza Strip, on Monday for being in Israel without permits.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that six Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, all in their fifties and sixties, were detained in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon for staying in Israel illegally.

She added that a 42-year-old Palestinian from the southern occupied West Bank village of Idhna was meanwhile detained in the town of Kiryat Gat for being in the possession of a forged entry permit to Israel.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are forced to seek a living by working in Israel due to crippling unemployment in the West Bank, as the growth of an independent Palestinian economy has been stifled under the ongoing Israeli military occupation, according to rights groups.

The crippling decade-long Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip has also left an estimated 80 percent of Gaza’s population is dependent on humanitarian assistance. As a result, there are regular reports of residents of the Gaza Strip attempting to cross into Israel.
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