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Israel allows 240 trucks into Gaza through sole goods crossing

May 30, 2011 10:14 A.M. (Updated: May 30, 2011 4:18 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities decided to allow around 240 truckloads of goods enter Gaza on Monday, Palestinian officials said.

Liaison official Raed Fattouh said Israel agreed to open the southernmost Kerem Shalom crossing for the limited delivery. The terminal is the only crossing available for the transfer of goods and aid into the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Monday, 52 trucks would bring building materials including cement and iron for UNRWA-funded projects, Fattouh said. Construction supplies for civilian projects, however, remain prohibited.

Limited quantities of domestic gas will be pumped via the same crossing, Fattouh added.

On Sunday, 249 truckloads entered the Gaza Strip, home to over 1.6 million people.

Egypt on Saturday reopened its Rafah border with Gaza, allowing the free movement of people in and out of the coastal enclave for the first time in four years. The terminal is not equipped for the transfer of goods. Israel retains control over all other crossings.

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