83,000 Palestinians affected as Israel suspends entry permits for Ramadan
Border policemen stand guard as Palestinians walk by during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on August 8, 2011, at the old city of Jerusalem, Israel Photograph: (Getty)
Israel said today it had suspended entry permits for 83,000 Palestinians during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan following a shooting in Tel Aviv that killed four people.
"All permits for Ramadan, especially permits for family visits from Judea and Samaria to Israel, are frozen," said a statement from the coordinator of government activities in the territories (COGAT), the unit which manages civilian affairs in the occupied West Bank.
It said that 83,000 Palestinians will be affected, adding that 200 residents of Gaza who had received permits to visit relatives during Ramadan will also have their access frozen.