Aid workers fear fallout from Israel visa suspension

Israel has suspended granting work visas for new foreign charity workers arriving in the country, humanitarians say, in a move that could impede aid to Palestinians. Dozens of aid workers from major international NGOs have been unable to get work visas or faced delays in recent months, the humanitarians say. Israel says the matter is procedural, but has not found a permanent solution to the issue in more than a year.”This situation could escalate into crippled humanitarian operations,” a senior aid worker told AFP.
Israeli officials strongly denied that the delay was intentional, with the social affairs ministry calling any such suggestion a “false accusation”. Palestinians are heavily dependent on aid, with more than two-thirds in the beleaguered Gaza Strip reliant upon it, according to the United Nations. Much of it is delivered by international charities, which usually operate through Israel.
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