Employees of Peace Now, an Israeli NGO that tracks and opposes Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, work at their offices in Tel Aviv January 31, 2016. Picture taken January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Israel plans to increase the number of entry permits it grants to Palestinian workers, Palestinian and Israeli sources said Monday, in a drive to ease economic hardship that has contributed to a wave of Palestinian attacks.About 55,000 Palestinians currently have permits to work in Israel, mostly in construction and agriculture, the Bank of Israel says.An additional 30,000 undocumented Palestinian laborers also enter Israel each day. The new plan would raise the number of Palestinian workers vetted by Israeli security officials.The Palestinian Workers' Union said it had received notification of the permit plan from Israel.
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