Israel Resumes Gaza Cement Shipments After Ban Over Hamas Theft

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Israel lifted a 45-day ban imposed on private imports of cement to the Gaza Strip, with trucks arriving at the Kerem Shalom crossing on Monday morning to resume the supply to the Palestinian enclave, AFP reports.

“In accordance with the security assessment and the understandings reached with the international community, as of today, Sunday May 22, the re-entry of cement into Gaza has been approved,” said a statement from the government body responsible for implementing policies in the Palestinian territories, COGAT.

AFP reports that the ban was imposed in early April, with Israel accusing Imad al-Baz, deputy director of the Hamas economy ministry, of diverting supplies to Hamas’s military branch, likely to be used for its smuggling and attack tunnels.

 

David Steger – Matzav.com Israel

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