Israel announced on Wednesday that it is issuing work permits for 3,000 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to enter the country, bringing the total to 10,000.

COGAT, the Israeli defense body that controls Palestinian civil affairs, said the decision was “conditional upon the continued preservation of the region’s security stability for the long term,” AP reported.

Palestinians come to Israel mainly for employment in the fields of construction, agriculture and manufacturing.

Israel has also relaxed other restrictions since the 11-day conflict in May with Hamas and other terror factions in Gaza with concessions meant to solidify the ceasefire.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank work in Israel, according to the report.

In related news, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz directed Maj. Gen. Ghassan Alyan, the Israel Defense Forces’ Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), to approve the registration of some 4,000 Palestinians to the Palestinian Population Registry on Tuesday.

An appearance in the registry is necessary for West Bank Palestinians to receive Palestinian ID cards and passports. The Palestinian Authority manages the Palestinian Population Registry in coordination with Israel.

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