JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel will allow more building materials for residential and private use into the Gaza Strip, beginning Sunday, according to media reports.
In the past, terror attacks at the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings and even on the trucks themselves have temporarily halted the flow of goods. Rocket attacks, roadside bombs, sniper fire and other terror-related attacks by Palestinians in Gaza have at times affected the land transport.
Israel allows ample supplies of goods and materials into Gaza by land transport every day, but materials that could be used to reinforce the terror infrastructure are carefully scrutinized.
For the first time since 2007, tractor trailer loads of gravel, cement and other building materials for the private sector will alleviate the shortage from the destruction of smuggling tunnels near the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and the Egyptian Sinai, AFP reported.
Egypt destroyed the tunnels to stop the flow of weapons to terror cells operating in the Sinai Desert.
Hamas, the Islamist Palestinian faction ruling Gaza, used the tunnels to bring all kinds of other goods and materials -- in addition to weaponry -- in and out of the Strip.
Following the bloody military coup in June 2007, when Hamas defeated the Palestinian Authority's Fatah forces, Israel imposed a naval blockade on the strip to prevent arms delivery by sea.