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Israel allows 240 trucks into Gaza through sole goods crossing
Published Monday 30/05/2011 (updated) 30/05/2011 16:18
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities decided to allow around 240 truckloads of goods enter Gaza on Monday, Palestinian officials said.

Liaison official Raed Fattouh said Israel agreed to open the southernmost Kerem Shalom crossing for the limited delivery. The terminal is the only crossing available for the transfer of goods and aid into the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Monday, 52 trucks would bring building materials including cement and iron for UNRWA-funded projects, Fattouh said. Construction supplies for civilian projects, however, remain prohibited.

Limited quantities of domestic gas will be pumped via the same crossing, Fattouh added.

On Sunday, 249 truckloads entered the Gaza Strip, home to over 1.6 million people.

Egypt on Saturday reopened its Rafah border with Gaza, allowing the free movement of people in and out of the coastal enclave for the first time in four years. The terminal is not equipped for the transfer of goods. Israel retains control over all other crossings.



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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/05/2011 10:57
A bit late. If the idea was to undermine the flotilla, this might have worked if the tactic had been adopted about three months ago. If Israel had sense, she would ask Egypt to open her crossing to all goods. Egypt has some credibility, that WOULD undermine the flotilla, and Egypt's going to open her crossing to all goods fairly soon anyway. However (and fortunately, since it will expedite matters) Israel has no sense.

2 ) Tobias / US
30/05/2011 17:12

With Egypt's Rafah border crossing now open,
Israel's crossing is no longer the sole goods crossing,
and it should force Egypt to accept the consequences,
and to deal with the 240-truck headache into Gaza !!!


3 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/05/2011 22:43
To Tobias #2: You're on a roll today. As of now, Egypt still hasn't opened Rafah to goods traffic, so Israel's crossing does indeed remain the sole goods crossing. However, hopefully that will change soon -- not that Israel will be happy about it.

4 ) Jonny English / UK
31/05/2011 16:18
"The terminal is not equipped for the transfer of goods" Best read the article Tobias. Rafah does not have the capacity to search the goods that are imported. You think that goods should enter Gaza without checks?
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