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Israel Allows Construction Materials To Enter Gaza Under EU Pressure

Israel briefly modified its blockade on Gaza to allow in badly needed construction material, but Gazans say it is not enough to ease the economic crisis.
Trucks transporting construction materials are seen through a crack in a police post after entering the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing September 22, 2013. Israel began allowing construction material for private projects into the Gaza Strip on Sunday for the first time in six years, in response to a request from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, an Israeli defence official said. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION REAL ESTATE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — For the first time in six years, Israel has allowed building materials to enter the besieged Gaza Strip as a result of international pressure. The decision comes amid Gaza’s economic crisis following  several months of tight measures by the Egyptian army to control the smuggling of goods through the border tunnels.

On Sept. 22, the first truckloads of construction materials — including cement, reinforced steel and gravel — entered the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom border crossing — the only commercial crossing between the Strip and Israel. The entry of building materials was limited to international institutions carrying out construction projects in the Gaza Strip, in the hope of addressing the dire economic situation.

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