JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak delayed a delivery of cement to the Gaza Strip this week after learning that Hamas confiscated at least a part of the previous delivery.
The concern is that Hamas is using the cement to rebuild its terror infrastructure, which was damaged during the IDF's (Israel Defense Forces) three-week military operation in Gaza last January.
According to the IDF's Southern Command, Hamas helped itself to a previous delivery of some 300 tons of cement, transferred in late July, which was supposed to be used to repair a flour mill and a British War Cemetery and for a sewer treatment plant being built in northern Gaza.
"Hamas is in desperate need of cement to rebuild its bunker systems and bases," one government official said.
"This is why it is so complicated to transfer cement to Gaza, even if it is intended for civilian purposes," he said.
The July delivery was coordinated with UNRWA, the World Bank and other international organizations working in the Gaza Strip.
Source: The Jerusalem Post