Blair: Gaza to get construction material soon

July 1, 2010 20:58

MADRID — Mideast envoy Tony Blair said Thursday he expects badly needed construction material to start flowing into the Gaza Strip in two to three weeks now that Israel has agreed to ease its blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory.

The representative of the so-called Quartet of Mideast peacemakers said Israel is still finalizing its procedures for determining what will be allowed into Gaza and what will remain barred even after the blockade is loosened.

"Once the Israelis have gotten their prohibited list of items, there will be a whole series of construction items that then should just come in as a matter of course," Blair said after a meeting in Madrid with Spain's premier. "So I presume that in the next two to three weeks we would see a significant shift in that."

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