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PA anger as Egypt allows entry of new, used cars to Gaza

Palestinian officials inspect cars which arrived in Rafah through the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on September 20, 2010 [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian officials inspect cars which arrived in Rafah through the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on September 20, 2010 [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]

The High Administrative Committee in Gaza told traders that they can import new and used cars through Egypt, making the Palestinian Authority (PA) angry, Sama News agency reported yesterday.

This measure, which was approved by Egypt, increased the income of the Administrative Committee of the government in the Gaza Strip.

Sama News reported that PA expressing its anger saying: "This is part of the plan to separate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank."

Cairo previously allowed car importers to bring cars through Egypt.

Egypt allows the entry of gas, fuel, medicines, cement, and other construction materials and commodities into Gaza through the Rafah Crossing.

It is worth noting that the PA has dispatched its officials to Arab capitals, including Cairo, to persuade donors to send the money for the reconstruction of Gaza to the PA treasury.

Egypt has been facilitating the entry of goods to Gaza and sent machinery to help clear the rubble.

Since the end of the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza last month, Israel has tightened its siege on Gaza, keeping crossings closed, banning the entry of goods, mail, and fuel for the electricity plant. This has hindered attempts to repair damages to the water network and electricity lines.

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