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Near-total blockade of Gaza hits seventh day

April 12, 2011 10:37 A.M. (Updated: April 12, 2011 8:35 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- With a truce holding and calm restored in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces informed Gaza crossings officials that terminals would remain closed, citing only "security reasons."

Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said he was not told when goods transport would resume for Gaza, adding that the closure meant no goods had entered Gaza for a week.

Crossings were closed two days ahead of an escalation in confrontations along the Gaza border area, cutting off access to supplies including aid and humanitarian goods.

On Monday, officials warned of a crisis in the cooking gas supply, saying reserves were being depleted rapidly.

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