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Israel allows entry of construction materials into Gaza

Aug. 13, 2018 1:08 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 1:16 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel confirmed that it will allow the entry of 20 truckloads of construction material into the besieged Gaza Strip for the second day in a rowو on Monday.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that about 20 truckloads of cement and other construction materials will be transported through the Kerem Shalom in the northern Gaza Strip.

Sources added that several trucks also passed through the crossing on Sunday due to the fact that, recently, only humanitarian supplies, such as food and medicine, have been transported.

Israeli policy often defines basic construction materials such as gravel, steel bars, and cement, along with a wide range of spare parts, computer equipment and vehicles as "dual use" items, restricting their import for security reasons, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

Such designations as well as the strict blockade have destroyed the economy in the Gaza Strip and have made it near impossible for Gaza's 1.8 million residents to recover from three wars over the last six years.

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