Israel restricted Palestinian access to the country after the outbreak of an armed uprising in late 2000.

Israel restricted Palestinian access to the country after the outbreak of an armed uprising in late 2000.

Israeli officials have given permission to 100 Palestinian doctors to drive to jobs at Israeli hospitals – the first time Palestinian motorists have been permitted to enter the country in 15 years.

Cogat, the Israeli security branch responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs, said its commander, Major General Yoav Mordechai, approved the order for doctors who “work shifts and other jobs that require heightened responsiveness”.

Officials say the programme could be expanded if it is successful.

Israel restricted Palestinian access to the country after the outbreak of an armed uprising in late 2000.

Palestinians need permits and must cross through checkpoints to enter. Israel has gradually lifted some restrictions in recent years as violence has calmed down.