Hamas recently announced that even the few still able to travel - university students, top business people, patients with life-threatening illnesses - need to get permission from Hamas to leave the territory.
The ruling has further complicated the already obstacle-ridden travel of those seeking treatment in Israel.
At Gaza's Erez crossing into Israel, medical workers said that Hamas police on Tuesday held up an ambulance carrying a baby boy for about an hour, demanding that his parents first get a travel permit. The boy had swallowed a battery and was headed to Israel for urgent treatment.
Dozens more patients were returned to Gaza and told to apply for permission, in line with the new policy, the medical workers said.
Hamas government spokesman Hassan Abu Hashish said the new policy was meant to minimize "chaos." He did not elaborate.
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