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Israel allows trickle of goods into Gaza

Aug. 20, 2009 2:46 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2009 10:09 A.M.)
Gaza – Ma’an – Israel decided to open two border crossings into the Gaza Strip on Thursday, allowing supplies to trickle into the besieged territory.

According to the Palestinian crossings official Raed Fattouh, Israel will allow 109 to 119 truckloads of commercial and agricultural goods through the Kerem Shalom crossing. He said 15 of the trucks will bring 300 calves. The animals are some of the 3,000 calves Israel pledged to allow into Gaza for the holy month of Ramadan.

Fattouh added that the Nahal Oz crossing will be open to allow EU-supplied industrial diesel for Gaza’s only power plant. He did not specify the quantity of fuel.

The Karni crossing will be closed, Fattouh said.

On Wednesday Israel reportedly rejected a Palestinian request to allow additional goods into the Gaza Strip as the month of Ramadan and the start of the school year approach, international news service Xinhua reported.

The report said requests for school books, paper and unspecified Ramadan foods, which often include dates, sweets and yoghurts, for braking the day’s fast, have been denied. The agency quoted Palestinian Deputy Minister of the Economy Nasser As-Sarraj.
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