About 18,500 Palestinians have work permits in Israel; it is not known how many were in the country on October 7
Israel announced on Thursday (2.Nov.2023) that Palestinian workers with authorization to work in Israeli territory must return to the Gaza Strip. The government said it will stop feeding funds to Gaza and the Palestinian Authority.
“Israel is cutting all contacts with Gaza. There will be no more Palestinian workers from Gaza. Gaza workers who were in Israel on the day the war broke out will be returned to Gaza,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office wrote in the https://twitter.com/IsraeliPM/status/1720211304097501416 (formerly Twitter).
According to Reuters, Palestinians have already started to be sent back to the Gaza Strip this Friday (3.Nov.2023). Workers reported to the agency that they were detained by Israeli authorities after October 7, when Hamas attacked Israel.
The Israeli government did not say how many Palestinians will be affected by the measure. According to Al Jazeeraabout 18,500 residents of the Gaza Strip had work permits and could cross the borders into Israel.
The Israeli army said on the 5th (2.nov) have completed the siege in the Gaza Strip and is “deepening” the ground offensive in Palestinian territory. In a statement to journalists, the Israeli Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Herzi Halevi, said that the troops gave “another significant step [na guerra] and forces are now at the center of a ground operation in the North of the Gaza Strip.”.