World Bulletin / News Desk
Israel eased its blockade of Gaza on Sunday, allowing a shipment of gravel for private construction into the Palestinian territory for the first time since siege was imposed in 2007.
A Palestinian official with knowledge of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that ended eight days of attacks last month by Israel into Gaza said the move had been expected as part of the deal.
"This is the first time gravel has been allowed into Gaza for the Palestinian private sector since the blockade," said Raed Fattouh, the Palestinian official overseeing the shipment of 20 truckloads of the material.
The gravel was transferred a day after Egypt allowed building material into Gaza through its Rafah crossing, leaving a six-year ban. It was part of a shipment donated by the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, which has pledged $400 million to finance reconstruction.Last Mod: 30 Aralık 2012, 16:56