Israel lets Gazans cross border for medical treatment

Israel allowed 35 Palestinians from Gaza to enter for medical treatment per day after denying them permission because their application letterhead read “State of Palestine.”

Reuters reported that the Palestinians seeking medical treatment at Israeli hospitals were allowed to cross into Israel on Feb. 13. Ten urgent cases had been allowed to cross the previous day, despite the paperwork snafu.

The entry applications were resubmitted on Palestinian Authority letterhead, Maj. Guy Inbar, a spokesman for the coordinator of government activities in the territories, told Reuters. He said some 200 Palestinian patients and their escorts would cross into Israel on Feb. 20.

The State of Palestine letterhead has been used since the beginning of the year, according to reports. — jta