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Israel bans furniture exports from besieged Gaza

May 5, 2023 at 8:15 am

Israeli forces raid for pulling down of Palestinian family’s house at Haris town in Salfit Governorate, Ramallah, West Bank on May 03, 2023 [Issam Rimawi – Anadolu Agency]

Israeli authorities yesterday banned the export of furniture products from the occupied Gaza Strip.

The economic ministry said in a statement that the Israeli move aimed at “inflicting more losses on the enclave’s industries that have been suffering due to the blockade.”

The ministry added that it was in talks with the private sector on “stopping exports through the Karm Abu Salem [Kerem Shalom] border crossing to put pressure on Israel to reopen furniture exports.”

It held Israel responsible for the “imminent losses in the furniture industry,” warning that the latter would lead to “job losses for hundreds of Palestinian workers.”

The ministry called on the international community “to pressure Israel to allow freedom of import and export without restrictions so that the different industries in Gaza can prosper and overcome challenges resulted from the blockade.”

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