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Gaza crossing shut for second day

April 7, 2011 10:34 A.M. (Updated: April 7, 2011 9:04 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian coordination office for Gaza crossings received news that the sole operating terminal for goods into Gaza would be closed for a second day in a row on Thursday.

Liaison officer Raed Fattouh said "security concerns" were cited for the continued closure, adding that the crossing is now expected to remain closed for the next two days, according to the schedule Israel has maintained since the end of its offensive on Gaza in 2008-9.

The closure means no commercial or humanitarian goods will enter Gaza for a four-day stretch, cutting off all access to supplies for the coastal enclave.

The Kerem Shalom crossing, which was closed Thursday, is the sole remaining crossing terminal for goods into Gaza. A bulk goods crossing in the northern Gaza Strip was closed in March, and two others shut down since 2008.

Israeli officials say the crossing has a capacity of 300 truckloads of goods per day, while UN observer reports have indicated the number of daily deliveries remain well below pre-siege levels, despite a 35 percent increase in deliveries over the last week of March.

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