Israel allows construction material into Gaza

Palestinian boys cycle past a convoy of bulldozers provided by Egypt arriving at the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Palestinian Gaza Strip (Said Khatib - AFP)

Middle East Monitor  /  August 20, 2021

Israeli authorities yesterday allowed goods to enter the Gaza Strip through the Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) border crossing for the first time since the last aggression in May.

An official source told Anadolu Agency that trucks loaded with goods had entered Gaza “under the Israeli forces supervision.” He added that the shipment had included “cement for construction projects managed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, pointed out that the occupation forces had allowed “trucks loaded with glasses and aluminum to enter the enclave on the same day.”

Israel imposes severe restrictions on the movement of imports into Gaza in spite of a ceasefire which came into effect on 21 May.

On 10 May, Israel launched a military attack on Gaza that lasted 11 days, killing more than 250 Palestinians, including women and children, and injuring thousands more.

Rights groups, including the UN, have accused Israel of carrying out collective punishment against Palestinians in Gaza as a result of its continued siege of the Strip.