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Gaza blockade continues, Israel opens one crossing

Dec. 27, 2009 10:30 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2009 2:27 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma’an – Southern Gaza's Kerem Shalom crossing will be opened for 86 truckloads of aid entering the Gaza Strip including limited amounts of cooking oil, crossings official Raed Fattouh said.

Israel will also permit a shipment of cut flowers, to be exported to Europe, Fattouh added. It would be the second shipment allowed out in as many weeks, and the second since April 2009, when 72,000 carnations were exported at the request of the Dutch government.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), last week Israel allowed in only one fifth of pre-siege supplies, mostly food and hygiene items. No reconstruction materials were permitted into the Strip last week.

Last week Israel continued its siege of Gaza by sea, with six recorded incidents in the last week of Israeli naval vessels opening fire on Gaza fishing dinghies.

In the south, Egypt continues its construction of a sub-surface border wall, extending ten kilometers long and 25 meters deep, in what it says is an effort to stop the smuggling tunnel trade.
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