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Kerem Shalom crossing to close over holiday

Aug. 17, 2012 6:37 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 18, 2012 6:34 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israel has closed the Kerem Shalom crossing until Tuesday for Eid al-Fitr, a Palestinian official said Friday.

Border official Raed Fattouh told Ma'an that Israel usually closes the crossing on Fridays and Saturdays.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says 1,024 truckloads of goods entered the Gaza Strip in the second week of August, 50 percent of them carrying food.

OCHA said the weekly average of truckloads is currently 1,024 while before Israel and Egypt began blockading the territory the number stood at 2,807 on average.

The report said the average number of export truckloads was five in 2012 but 240 before the blockade.
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