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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel will allow Palestinian vehicles to enter Jerusalem for the first time in 15 years on Tuesday, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said.

COGAT chief Yoav Mordechai said that the first phase of the plan will see more than 100 Palestinian doctors from the Bethlehem and Hebron districts permitted to enter Jerusalem in private vehicles holding Palestinian license plates, and would be mostly aimed at those working in Israeli hospitals.

He said that the next phase will allow for businessmen to move freely.

The announcement comes a month after the Israeli authorities allowed Palestinian men over 55 and women over 50 to enter Jerusalem without permits.

That announcement also said that married men over the age of 22 would be eligible to apply for work permits, in contrast to current regulations that only allow married men over 24 who have children to apply.

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