Gaza Truck 311.
(photo credit: Yaakov Lappin)
Renovation work on the Gaza side of the Kerem Shalom crossing began late Sunday
night, ahead of Israeli plans to gradually increase the number of trucks passing
through it to 250 a day.
The Office of the Coordinator of Government
Activities in the Territories (COGAT) noted a 60 percent increase in the number
of trucks allowed into Gaza since the cabinet’s decision to loosen the blockade
on the Strip.
Last week, more than 800 trucks entered Gaza through Kerem
Shalom, up from 500 the week before. Defense officials said they planned
reach 250 trucks day in the coming months, once the work at the crossing
“Our ultimate goal is to reach about 1,500 trucks a week,” a
defense official said.
Last week, The Jerusalem Post
reported that COGAT
and the Palestinian Authority had established a joint
to coordinate work the renovation of the Kerem Shalom crossing and
international construction projects in the Gaza Strip.
The work at Kerem
Shalom will include the construction of infrastructure that could be
day by the PA if it were to receive control of the crossing from Israel,
facilitate the increase in trucks to 250 a day.
COGAT is also to finish
compiling its new list of items forbidden from entering the Gaza Strip,
was started following the cabinet’s decision to ease the blockade.
is not on the list will be allowed into Gaza.
Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu is expected to present US President Barack Obama with the list
their meeting at the White House on Tuesday.