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Gaza crossing opens for limited transport

May 16, 2011 1:20 P.M. (Updated: May 17, 2011 10:51 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities announced the partial opening of a single Gaza import terminal on Monday, for what liaison officers told Ma'an would be 300 truckloads of aid and commercial goods.

The number is significantly higher than the daily average of the previous week, which was 227 loads per day for five operational days. It remains well below the pre-siege average of 467 loads per day over six open days.

Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said 20 new motor vehicles were among the goods set to enter, as well as 10 truckloads of cement for the German Development Agency, 10 truckloads of construction material and 30 truckloads of aggregates for UNRWA projects.

A report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs noted that on 11 May, for the first time, truckloads of aggregates crossed into Gaza through the alternative facility at the Kerem Shalom Crossing designed to replace the convener belt at Karni Crossing.

The operationalization of the facility accounts for the increase in imports.

Limited quantities of domestic gas will be pumped through the same crossing.

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