In Mid-September, Israel finally began allowing construction material into the Gaza Strip in significant amounts, the first chance much of the strip has had to acquire materials to repair damage from the 2008 Israeli invasion. Today, Israel re-banned such shipments indefinitely for “security reasons.”
The move comes in the wake of the discovery of a tunnel connecting southern Israel to the Gaza Strip, which Israeli officials immediately termed a “terror tunnel” even though there is no indication it had been used for any actual attacks.
During the several-year siege of the tiny strip, tunnel-building has been the primary way for Gazans to trade with the outside world, with hundreds of tunnels built connecting the strip to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Egypt’s military has been destroying those tunnels en masse since the July coup, and Gaza has had to once again rely exclusively on Israel for any humanitarian goods allowed into the nation.
While growing international outrage had forced Israel to allow at least some goods to continue to flow into Gaza, the latest report seems to be a tailor-made pretext for the Netanyahu government to launch a new crackdown, and with Egypt’s junta openly talking invasion of the strip and Israel’s Navy still enforcing a full naval blockade, the strip is more isolated from the outside world than it’s been in years.
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god bless america
I did not expect to find a clearly anti-israeli article at your site. It means it is impossible to trust anything you write
See the enormous amounts of goods delivered from Israel, http://www.cogat.idf.il/894-en/Matpash.aspx compared to what has been delivered from the Egyptian side, even though they have a large gate, as you can see on any picture from Rafah, and a big port in El Arish 50 kms away.
If you do not know that Hamas is a pure terror organisation, read their Charter. If you do not know they support terrorism in Sinai, read about it.
Why has Hamas not spent any time negotiating normal business transactions with any of their neighbors, just attacked attacked attacked?
Why do you support them?
Most of us who comment are not anti israel but we are definatly anti-zionist, And I do not want to hear that biblical bullshit that god gave them that land, Wheres the deed?
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