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Israel tightens blockade on Gaza Strip


Israel tightens blockade on Gaza Strip

Ramallah, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) For the fourth consecutive day, Israel prevented the departure of workers and the sick from the Gaza Strip, as well as the entry of essential products, including fuel, into the Gaza Strip.
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The occupation authorities continued limiting the movement of people, including patients and humanitarian cases, through the Erez checkpoint, in the north of the enclave, the Maan news agency reported.

It reported that last night the Israeli military blocked the departure of four patients who urgently need treatment abroad.

The Presidential Committee for the Coordination of the Entry of Goods into Gaza stated for its part that Tel Aviv keeps the Kerem Shalom crossing, dedicated to the transport of products such as fuel, paralyzed, which threatens with halting the operation of the only power station in Gaza.

Rafiq Maliha, general manager of the plant, warned about the danger of imminent closure of the facility due to lack of diesel.

Since Tuesday, Israel reinforced the military and police presence in the border area with the territory hours after the arrest of the head of the Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, Bassam al-Saadi, during a raid, triggering demonstrations and harsh condemnations from various Palestinian sectors.

The Oxfam NGO recently denounced that the blockade applied by Israel since 2007 against the Gaza Strip impacts every aspect of the daily life of 2.1 million Palestinians, 41 percent of them under 15 years of age, and has devastating effects on the civilian population by limiting the importation of essential goods, including construction materials, and paralyzing internal Palestinian trade and exports.


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