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First and only shipment of cement enters Gaza

Israel has permitted the first shipment of only 400 tonnes of cement to enter the Gaza Strip and be distributed to a select number of traders under the supervision of international monitors.

In an effort to appear to be aiding the delivery of aid to Palestinians in Gaza, Israel allowed the cement to enter the Strip during UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recent visit and no bags have been allowed in since.

The government was forced to register the names of a few beneficiaries who were given a few dozen bags of cement each, less than they would need to repair their homes.

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