Shipment of 15,000 tons of Construction Material Enters Gaza
Published By : 29 Apr 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Over 15,000 tons of building material was allowed by Israel into the blockaded territory of Gaza on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said. This was the single largest shipment that has been brought in ever since the summer conflict came to a close in the war torn region.
The coordinating unit for the Israeli government policy in various Palestinian territories – COGAT (Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories) informed AFP on Wednesday that an estimated 354 trucks went through the Kerem Shalom goods crossing located in the south of the Gaza Strip. These truck, COGAT told AFP without elaborating, were reportedly carrying construction material.
Israel has been blocking Gaza for the past eight years and as a result there has been a ban on the entry of iron as well as cement. The Jewish state has sided with the blockade out of fear that such construction and building materials might possibly be used to develop weapons or build attack tunnels by Palestinian fighters.
However, the international community has cautioned in the event of no or low serious construction activity in the coastal territory, there could be more impending conflict. The territory was destroyed by Israeli bombardment and over 100,000 houses were damaged in the war that lasted around 50 days.
The United Nations has reported that more than 100,000 residents of Gaza are still rendered homeless after the war last summer, which killed 73 Israelites and around 2,200 people on the Palestine side. The high death toll has been attributed by Israel to the fact that fighters in Gaza mostly based their military infrastructure in residential localities.
As per the de facto rule by the Islamist movement Hamas, terror groups in Gaza had fired more than thousands of rockets at Israel during the 50-day conflict and have promised to rearm.