A Palestinian boy stands leaning on to sacks of food aid provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in the town of Rafah, in the Southern Gaza Strip on August 22, 2017. / AFP / SAID KHATIB
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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.Since June, however, no new aid workers have been able to get a B1 work visa, the most common type for foreign NGO workers in the country.This followed similar suspensions from August to December 2016 and from March to April this year.Dozens of aid workers have been affected so far, the humanitarians said, with a number stuck outside the country waiting for their visas to come through.The senior aid worker suggested the Social Affairs Ministry could be wary of giving recommendation letters as it does not have the ability to properly vet individuals.
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