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Israel lifts restrictions on Gazans ahead of Ramadan

Israel fears an escalation in the West Bank and Jerusalem during Ramadan that will extend to the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian devotees pray on Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) outside the Dome of the Rock at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, East Jerusalem, May 8, 2021.

Israel is seeking to prevent a recurrence of the war with Hamas and the Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip that broke out in May 2021, mainly due to the tensions that prevailed in Jerusalem during Ramadan last year. As part of these efforts, Israel announced that it will lift some restrictions imposed on the residents of Gaza to prevent any escalation during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which starts at the beginning of April.

On March 27, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Maj. Gen. Rassan Alian, announced on his official Facebook page that the Israeli government had taken a decision ahead of Ramadan, for the first time since 2005, to approve the employment of up to 20,000 Gazans in the construction and agriculture fields inside Israel. 

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