Israel allows shipments for UNRWA Gaza projects

By Hani al-Shaer, Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Israeli authorities have agreed to allow construction materials for UNRWA projects into the besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli authorities have agreed to allow construction materials for UNRWA projects into the besieged Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY – Israeli authorities have agreed to allow construction materials for UNRWA projects into the besieged Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the U.N. agency said Tuesday.

"Israel agreed Tuesday morning to allow the transfer of construction materials to build six schools and three housing establishments in the southern city of Khan Yunis," UNRWA official Robert Turner told Anadolu Agency.

Israel routinely bars the entry of building materials into Gaza, which is governed by Palestinian resistance faction Hamas, on grounds that Hamas' military wing might use the materials to build underground tunnels or fortifications.

The Gaza Strip's roughly 1.8 million inhabitants have groaned under a harsh Israeli blockade since 2007, which continues to deprive them of most essential goods – including food and fuel, as well as building materials.

Living conditions in the Palestinian enclave have recently deteriorated even further after Egypt began destroying the smuggling tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.  

Egypt accuses Hamas, which has governed Gaza since 2007, of involvement in recent unrest and violence in Sinai.

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