Israel Allowing Trucks To Deliver Limited Supplies Of Gravel Into The Gaza Strip After 5 Years
Gravel has been in short supply in the Gaza Strip for years. Gravel is an essential ingredient when it comes to the manufacture of concrete and is a vital material used for the contruction of roads and driveways.
Israel has banned the import of gravel into the Gaza Strip since 2007.
According to Israeli officials, starting Sunday the Gaza Strip will be allowed to import 20 truckloads of gravel a day, five days a week.
The import of gravel will allow companies in the Gaza Strip to finally begin the task of repairing damages from the 2008 Israeli invasion as well as other subsequent attacks. The ban on construction materials has left much of the strip in ruins.
Israeli Defense Ministry officials confirmed the move and said that they were also planning to allow companies in the Gaza Strip to import some heavy construction material.
This is a major change in Israeli policy, as for years everything from chocolate to cement to shoes and other everyday items have been banned from the Gaza Strip because they were said to have “military” use and were banned as a form of “self defense.”