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Hamas Restricts Travel for Gazans

The Hamas-run Ministry of Interior has recently placed new restrictions on those traveling through the Erez crossing, further limiting the movement of Gaza's residents, writes Abeer Ayyoub.
Palestinians walk past trucks loaded with gravel at the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip December 30, 2012. Israel eased its blockade of Gaza on Sunday, allowing a shipment of gravel for private construction into the Palestinian territory for the first time since Hamas seized control in 2007.
REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3BZD9

On Monday, March 18, just after the Hamas-run Ministry of Interior placed new restrictions on those traveling through the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel, freelance journalist and activist Majed Abu Salama was banned from leaving the Strip through this crossing. Abu Salama was going to Ramallah to attend a children's film festival that he had been invited to. 

Majed was one of four filmmakers who were invited by a German organization to attend the event. Except for him, all received their travel permits from Hamas. Majed was given no justification for the refusal.

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