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Israel allows rescue vehicles to enter Gaza after 20 year ban

Finally, after two decades

For the first time in 20 years Israel has allowed rescue vehicles to enter the besieged Gaza Strip.

Twenty-four civil defence and firefighting vehicles arrived in Gaza through the Karm Abu Salem commercial crossing after being donated by Qatar. They had travelled from Jordan through the Allenby Bridge, Israel's Kan news station said.

The Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza handed over the vehicles and equipment to the Palestinian Fire and Civil Defence Agency in a ceremony today.

Head of Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza Strip, Mohammed Al-Emadi, and his deputy, Khaled Al-Hardan, arrived in Gaza yesterday evening to oversee the Gulf state's projects in the enclave.

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