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Thousands of Gazans flock to get work permits in Israel

Thousands of unemployed Gazans are flocking to the offices of the Chambers of Commerce to submit their papers to obtain a permit to work inside Israel, following reports that Israel has agreed to grant 2,600 commercial permits to Gaza residents.
Palestinian workers cross into Israel from the Gaza Strip at the Erez border crossing point, Israel, Sept. 24, 2003.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Thousands of unemployed Palestinians flocked to the offices of the Chamber of Commerce in the five governorates in the Gaza Strip to submit their identification papers in order to obtain a permit to work inside Israel.

On Oct. 5, several Chamber of Commerce offices announced that they had started receiving applications for work permits in Israel.

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