Photo: Erica Silverman/IRIN
|Trucks entering Gaza (file photo)|
TEL AVIV, 22 June 2010 (IRIN) – The number of aid trucks entering the Gaza Strip from Israel has gone up to 140 per day, and the range of goods being shipped in is being broadened, according to the Israeli authorities.
“We informed the Palestinian side yesterday that we are able to increase the amount of wares entering the Gaza Strip by more than 30 percent… We intend to enlarge the variety of goods to everything, except material that is likely to be used for terror operations,” Col Moshe Levi, head of the District Coordination and Liaison Office, told the media on 21 June.
Hummus, jam, biscuits, crisps, soft drinks, tinned fruit and razor blades are among the items expected to be allowed into Gaza. The Israelis insist this was decided before the 31 May flotilla incident.
Sources in Gaza told IRIN that prices are already dropping in local markets. However, dozens of trucks with various supplies taken off the flotilla are still in Ministry of Defence warehouses and at the Kerem Shalom crossing as the Hamas authorities in Gaza are refusing to let them enter.