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Males in Gaza Strip Camps Barred from Leaving Area if They Lack Work Permits

Israeli occupation authorities have put into effect an order, issued last January, barring males from leaving refugee camps in the Gaza Strip if they lack work permits. The action was one of a series of recent steps to halt guerrilla terrorism in the area, the worst in any of the occupied areas. Another step was the distribution of thousands of Arabic-language leaflets calling on terrorists to follow the example of some 100 Palestinian guerrillas who fled from Jordan to sanctuary in Israel. Some Gaza Strip residents reportedly were skeptical about the effectiveness of the pamphlet operation. One said that “the youngsters” in the Strip would merely suspend terrorist activities for a while and then resume them. But the new drive of Israel security units in probe operations against suspected terrorist nests in the Strip without waiting for incidents was having results in a “significant drop” in incidents, officials said. Evacuation of residents in the Shati refugee camp to clear the way for new roads for more effective control of terrorism has been concluded and the heads of tribes have been told that further evacuation of refugees would be stopped if calm continued, the officials reported. However, such efforts were being continued in the Jebaliya refugee camp, they said.

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