• Palestinian warns against closure of sole commercial crossing


    GAZA: A Palestinian official on Thursday warned of dire consequence resulting from Israel’s announcement of closing the sole commercial crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

    Maher Taba’a, an official in the Gaza Chamber of Commerce, told Xinhua that the closing of the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing would deteriorate the already bleak economic situation in Gaza after Egypt closed hundreds of smuggling tunnels.

    “If the crossing remains closed for a long time, you can expect the current fuel crisis to be more serious,” said Taba’a.

    The movement at the crossing stopped after Israel announced on Wednesday that the only commercial crossing on the borders between southeast Gaza Strip and Israel has been closed until further notice after Gaza militants shot dead on Tuesday an Israeli worker near the borderline area.

    In January 2012, Israel decided that Kerem Shalom is the sole commercial crossing to allow all kinds of products and goods into the Gaza Strip including fuel and cooking gas.

    According to experts more than 40 percent of the consuming materials for Gaza populations come through this crossing. PNA


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