Gaza closure to cost economy NIS 10 million a day

By SHARON WROBEL
June 19, 2007 07:36

Earlier on Moday, Dor Alon Energy Israel said it renewed its sale of gas to stations in the Gaza Strip, after cutting back the petrol supply in recent days at the PA's request. "

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The closure of the Karni crossing is estimated to cost the economy around NIS 10 million a day, as the flow of goods from Israel to the Palestinian Authority and from the PA to Israel has been frozen since Tuesday last week. "Only this week, 4,600 transporter trucks were expected to pass through the Karni border, of which 3,600 were supposed to go into the PA to Israel and 1,000 out of the PA to Israel" said a representative of the Israel Airports Authority, which operates the Karni border terminal. "The closure of the border is costing the authority between NIS 100,000 and NIS 150,000 a day. The volume of goods flow at the border crossing is estimated at NIS 3 billion annually." Every day some 350 trucks pass through the border with fruit, vegetables, flour, textiles and raw materials. At the same, the Israel Customs Authority sent out a letter to all global customs havens warning them that due to the recent developments in the Gaza Strip and the closure of crossings between it and Israel, no cargo destined for the Strip would be released until further notice. Earlier on Moday, Dor Alon Energy Israel said it renewed its sale of gas to stations in the Gaza Strip, after cutting back the petrol supply in recent days at the PA's request. "The company has resumed its supply of gas to the stations in Gaza. Operations are being coordinated with the relevant authorities," said the company in a statement. "The reduction in fuel provision has had only a marginal effect on the company's profitability."


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