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Hamas prohibits import of Israeli-manufactured clothing

Feb. 13, 2011 6:22 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 14, 2011 7:27 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A new set of restrictions on importing Israeli-manufactured goods into Gaza, were anounced by Gaza's Ministry of the National Economy Sunday.

The ministry statement included a ban on clothing manufactured in Israel. Merchants would have to apply to the ministry for permission to sell several other items, the statement said.

Ma'an obtained a copy of the list of restricted items manufactured in Israel, including the following:

Require approval

- Home and office furniture

- Plastic products

- Tissues, toilet paper

- Hoses

- Juices, soft drinks

- Chemical products

- Canned beans

- Biscuits, candies

- Packaging materials

The ban and restrictions apply only to goods manufactured in Israel. Government officials said goods produced by other nations would not be subject to the restrictions.

Goods produced in Israel are often easier to import, and face fewer delays and restrictions at the crossings, merchants say.

Gaza's ministry of economy said the measures would be in place "until further notice."
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