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Israel allows entry of more commodities to Gaza

The Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, which is the economic lifeline of Gaza, has now been closed for 33 days, reducing the work of the main power plant, and aggravating the fuel crisis in the enclave, 11 June 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, which is the economic lifeline of Gaza, has now been closed for 33 days, reducing the work of the main power plant, and aggravating the fuel crisis in the enclave, 11 June 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday announced that a few more commodities would be allowed into the besieged Gaza Strip.

"Following a security assessment and approved by the political level, it has been decided to expand the entry of goods and equipment for international civilian projects in the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom Crossing," the office of the coordinator of Israeli occupation activities in the occupied territories wrote on Facebook.

"The import of new vehicles to the Gaza Strip will be approved and the gold trade between Gaza and the occupied West Bank will be resumed," the announcement added.

"Moreover, the quota of Gazan merchants passing through the Erez Crossing will be increased by another 1,000," it continued, noting that the permits will be issued only to those who are already vaccinated against or have recovered from COVID-19.

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Two weeks ago, Israel renewed entry permits for 1,000 Gazan merchants and 350 senior Gazan businesspeople, and resumed the export of goods from Gaza into Israel.

In addition, goods for the transportation and communications sector as well as for water and sewage projects were allowed into the besieged enclave.

However, Israel has continued to block the entry of construction materials and the raw materials needed by a number of industries since the end of its offensive on Gaza that took place between 11 and 21 May.

Gaza has been under a strict Israeli siege for 14 years and has been subject to repeated Israeli onslaughts during that period which have led to wide scale damage, high rates of unemployment and poverty.

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