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Israel confiscates truck carrying iron into Gaza, claims material would be used against Israel

Dec. 6, 2016 9:53 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 6, 2016 9:53 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities Tuesday confiscated a truck carrying pieces of iron en route to the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming the material would be used for anti-Israel activities.

Israeli sources told Ma’an that officials from COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, in cooperation with Israeli intelligence and crossing authority prevented the truck from entering the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom crossing for carrying iron pieces.

Sources added that the truck was supposed to be carrying shelves to be used in supermarkets but was instead carrying five-meter long iron pieces.

The truck driver was transferred to the Israeli police for interrogations.

A spokesperson for COGAT was not immediately available to comment on the incident.

Kerem Shalom is one of two operating Israeli crossings out of the blockaded coastal enclave, dedicated primarily to the movement of goods and the only crossing available for the import of fuel.

Pedestrians moving in and out of the Gaza Strip travel through the Erez crossing, which is closed to the majority of Gaza's Palestinian residents.

The majority of the more than 1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are sealed inside the coastal enclave due to a near-decade long military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.

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