Some 285 truckloads containing a variety of goods and 150 tons of gas were
delivered from Israel to the Gaza Strip on Monday.
The trucks were
delivered through Kerem Shalom Crossing under the Coordination and Liaison
Administration in Gaza.
Hamas, meanwhile, accused the Egyptians of
turning the Gaza Strip into a “big prison” because of the continued closure of
the Rafah border crossing and the destruction of most of the smuggling
Ghazi Hamad, a senior Hamas representative, said that Egyptian
restrictions and security measures have reduced the number of travelers through
the Rafah terminal from 1,200 to fewer than 200 per day.
said the trucks that entered the Gaza Strip on Monday also carried construction
The number of foreign delegations visiting the Gaza Strip has
dropped significantly since the ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed
During July, only two foreign delegations entered the Gaza Strip,
according to the Hamas-controlled Foreign Ministry.
By contrast, more
than 180 delegations visited the Gaza Strip in the first six months of this
year, the ministry said.
Hamas officials said that the closure of the
Rafah border crossing by the Egyptian authorities was the main reason behind the
sharp decrease in the number of visitors to the Strip.
On Sunday, Israel
allowed two Turkish delegations to enter the Gaza Strip through the Erez
The delegations consisted of workers from the Turkish
Red Crescent, the equivalent of Magen David Adom.
Last weekend, Egyptian
sources revealed that Egypt’s new rulers refused to allow Turkish Prime Minister
Tayyip Erdogan to visit the Gaza Strip.
A report in an Egyptian media
outlet claimed that Erdogan’s planned visit to the Gaza Strip was canceled over
his support for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
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