Israel halts export of goods from Gaza until further notice


Gaza: According to Palestinian sources, Israeli authorities have said that they will stop the export of goods from the Gaza Strip from Tuesday until further notice. Israel informed the Palestinian Authority-run Coordination Commission that all goods will be allowed through the Kerem Shalom border crossing, sources said on Monday. Exports will be prevented from the region, which is the only commercial border in the region. According to sources, the decision was taken after Israel foiled an attempt to smuggle explosive material at the crossing.

Earlier on Monday, an attempt to smuggle explosives concealed in a truck carrying clothing from Gaza was foiled at the crossing, Ghassan Allian, coordinator of Israeli government activities in the Palestinian territories, said in a press statement to Xinhua. “After the smuggling attempt, the Israeli authorities decided to halt the shipping of goods from Gaza to Israel and the West Bank,” he said. Despite the suspension’s possible negative effects on the economic situation in the strip, Israel is not “terrorists,” Elian said. exploit the civilian and humanitarian sector in Gaza’. The Ministry of Economy, run by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), condemned the decision in a press statement, saying it was ‘a violation of human rights in Gaza’.

The ministry explained that the decision would ‘make the economic situation in the strip more difficult and create more obstacles to economic activity, especially in the industrial and agricultural sectors.’ It called on the international community to withdraw its decision on Israel and allow the crossing for exports. Israel has imposed a tight blockade on the Gaza Strip, home to more than two million residents, since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. Since then, the economic situation in the strip has deteriorated, leaving its residents struggling to make a living.

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