Israel: Hamas halted flow of goods into Gaza

March 5, 2013 05:15


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A dispute between Hamas and Fatah over a Palestinian trucking company halted the flow of goods at the Kerem Shalom crossing – Gaza’s main commercial artery – leaving 70 trucks stranded on the Israeli side on Monday, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

It is hoped that the crossing will be open for the transport of goods on Tuesday.

Israel had planned to open the crossing Monday, after closing it for six days to protest the Palestinian-launched rocket from Gaza that landed near Ashkelon on February 25.

But on Monday, Hamas asked the Palestinian company, which transports the goods from Kerem Shalom into Gaza, not to show up at the crossing, according to Israeli security sources. The company complied.

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