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Israel loosens Gaza blockade restrictions

06-21-2010 09:59 BJT

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The Israeli government has announced steps to loosen its blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Israel has pledged to immediately allow through all previously-banned goods, except weapons and other items deemed to have a military use.

The list of banned goods replaces an old list of allowed items, which permitted only basic humanitarian supplies for the 1.5 million Gazans. In a critical shift, Israel says it will allow construction materials into Gaza for projects approved by the Palestinian Authority.

Projects include housing and schools, as long as construction is under international supervision.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, said, "Our government's policy towards Gaza is clear. Israel seeks to keep out of Gaza weapons and materials Hamas uses to prepare and carry out terror and rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. All other goods will be allowed into Gaza"

Israel's move comes amid intense international pressure after its deadly raids on Gaza-bound aid ships, where 9 pro-Palestinian activists were killed. Entry of goods via the sea is still prohibited.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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