- Title: Israel allows some Gaza exports, one month after truce
- Date: 21st June 2021
- Summary: RAFAH, GAZA (JUNE 21, 2021) (REUTERS) PALESTINIAN TRUCKS MOVING PRODUCTS FROM GAZA TO ISRAEL SIGN OF KEREM SHALOM CROSSING VARIOUS OF TRUCKS MOVING PRODUCTS TRUCK DRIVER GETTING INTO HIS TRUCK TRUCKS MOVING EXPORTS
- Embargoed: 5th July 2021 08:53
- Keywords: Gaza Israel Palestinians crossing
- Location: RAFAH, GAZA
- City: RAFAH, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA001EICHG7B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Israel allowed a limited resumption of commercial exports from the Gaza Strip on Monday (June 21) in what it called a "conditional" measure one month after a truce halted 11 days of fighting with the Palestinian enclave's Hamas rulers.
Gaza border officials said the easing of Israeli restrictions would last two to three days and would apply to agricultural goods and some textiles.
Israel keeps tight controls Gaza crossings, with support from neighbouring Egypt, citing threats from Hamas. The Israeli restrictions were intensified before and during the May fighting, effectively halting all exports.
But with the Egyptian-mediated ceasefire largely holding, Israel said some exports would be allowed out through its territory as of Monday morning.
"Following a security evaluation, a decision has been made for the first time since the end of (the fighting) to enable ... (the) limited export of agricultural produce from the Gaza Strip," COGAT, a branch of Israel's Defence Ministry, said in a written statement.
COGAT said the measure was approved by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government and was "conditional upon the preservation of security stability".
Egypt stepped up its Israel-Hamas mediation last week after incendiary balloons launched from Gaza drew retaliatory Israeli air strikes on Hamas sites, challenging the fragile ceasefire.
But with that flare-up having ebbed since early Friday, some workers in Gaza voiced hope that the easing of Israeli restrictions would last, and potentially be expanded.
(Production: Bassam Masoud, Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh)
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