Israeli allows 620 trucks of construction, agricultural goods into besieged Gaza

Ahram Online , Sunday 22 Mar 2015

The goods passed through the Karam Abou-Salem border crossing between Israel and Gaza

Karam Abou-Salem
A security officer gestures as a tanker loaded with fuel leaves the Karam Abou-Salem crossing between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on April 4. (Photo:Reuters)

Israel has allowed the passage of hundreds of trucks carrying goods into the Palestinian Gaza Strip through its Karam Abou-Salem border crossing, Ahram Arabic website reported on Sunday.

Palestinian border liaison officer Raed Fattouh said in a press statement that the occupation authorities have allowed the entry of 620 trucks loaded with commercial and agricultural goods.

Israeli occupation forces shut down the cross-border on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fattouh pointed out that 120 trucks carried gravel to build infrastructure roads, while 124 trucks were loaded with construction materials for homes.

Israel has prevented the entry of fuel and electricity as well as a wide range of goods such as vinegar, biscuits, poultry and meat since Tel Aviv imposed a siege on the Gaza strip in 2007.

The occupation also prevents fishing in deep water.

All border crossings between Gaza and the occupied territories of 1967 have been closed since 2007 after Hamas became the de-facto rulers of Gaza.

Since the last Israeli war on Gaza in 2014, Palestinians have been in dire need of construction materials to rebuild hundreds of homes destroyed during the attack.

Karam Abou-Salem cross-border is considered the only commercial port, from which goods and fuel to Gaza can be delivered to the strip.

There are five dorder-crossings connecting Gaza and Israel, and only one crossing between Egypt and Gaza at Rafah.

Palestinians use the Rafah crossing- the only doorway for Gazans to the outside world -to access educational facilities or medical treatment in Egypt and further abroad.

Egyptian authorities have kept the crossing mostly closed since former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in 2013, citing security concerns in the north of the Sinai Peninsula where Islamist militants have been waging an insurgency against Cairo.

Egypt re-opened Rafah cross-border most recently on the 8th of March for three days.

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