Palestinian firefighters 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
The Palestinian firefighters were denied permits to enter Israeli
territory for an Usfiya ceremony to honor them for bureaucratic reasons,
defense officials clarified Tuesday.
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The Palestinians had contacted the Civil Administration on Monday night,
and said that they would like to attend the Usfiya ceremony and were told to
transfer a list of names for entry into Israel, according to defense
The list was provided by the Palestinians early Tuesday afternoon,
the defense official said, not leaving sufficient time to track each of
the individuals on the list and enable them to cross into Israel for the
The commander of the Palestinian firefighters told
Israel Radio that he had received no explanation for the decision.
On Saturday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas honored
“Our neighbors [Israel] faced a tragedy and it was our duty to do our
humanitarian work toward our neighbors to protect the environment and
human life,” Abbas had said in a ceremony in his office in Ramallah.Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report