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Heavy Economic Loss in Besieged Gaza Due to Israeli Ban of Basic Goods

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Israeli occupation authorities have banned, for the 19th day in a row, the entry of basic goods and humanitarian aid


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fly b (26)
Sunday July 29, 2018, 6:22 pm
Israeli occupation authorities have banned, for the 19th day in a row, the entry of basic goods and humanitarian aid, via Kerem Shalom crossing, the sole commercial crossing with Gaza, MP Jamal al-Khudari, head of the People’s Committee to Face the Siege, stated on Sunday.

Khudari said that the most recent truck was loaded with thousands of daily-needed basic goods, in addition to raw materials for industry, building materials, clothing, textiles, wood, household items, stationery and other essentials.

Al-Khudari said, in a press statement, that this prohibition is causing the Palestinian economy, which is already deteriorating due to the blockade, and Israeli policies, direct and indirect losses of millions of dollars.

He pointed out, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that these trucks, carrying the basic goods for the survival , cost more than $60 million, are subject to multiple risks because of the occupation.

Al-Khudari reiterated that the impact of this ban will lead to a rapid collapse of the industrial and commercial sector, and the collapse of all services, as a result.

He pointed out that the current figures of poverty and unemployment are the highest in the world, and no one can know where it leads, under the Israeli blockade against 2 million Palestinians in Gaza, which amounts to collective punishment and flagrant violation of international law.

He explained that the goods are officially bought and imported, and have all the approvals to pass through ports and commercial crossings, but the occupation hinders and returns them after their arrival to the crossing, causing heavy losses to owners, as the goods are stored for long periods of time, and are subject to serious damage due to lack of timely arrival.

He called on the international community to exert pressure on Israeli occupation authorities to stop its collective punishment measures against the people of Gaza, which is considered a violation under international law.

07/29/18 Freedom Flotilla Intercepted in Gaza

fly b (26)
Sunday July 29, 2018, 6:24 pm
Freedom Flotilla Intercepted in Gaza
July 29, 2018

Freedom Flotilla was intercepted by the Israeli navy on Sunday afternoon, approximately 70 from the Gaza Strip shore. Israeli Navy Forces stopped the ship after they contacted them through loudspeaker and asked for its destination.

In a statement, the High Committee for Return and Breaking the Siege called upon the international community to take its responsibility and provide the necessary protection for the Freedom Flotilla Fleet, while also promising increased efforts to break the siege.

“We will move in all directions until the world is convinced that there is no alternative to breaking the siege,” the Committee said.

Zaher Birawi, head of the International Committee to Break the Siege, said that Egyptian Coast Guard ships sailed behind the fleet throughout the night for a certain distance. “Apparently a normal security measure,” he said, according to the PNN.

There are 45 International Solidarity Movement activists from approximately 15 countries aboard the fleet, along with the media teams for correspondents from Al Jazeera and Press TV.

In a letter to the British Minister, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called for an intervention to protect ships from Israeli aggression.

Two participants on the return ship are British nationals, Press TV’s Richard Sowane and Sui Ang.

Israeli authorities consider Freedom Flotilla efforts illegal under international law, and have decided to seize any other ships that will try to break the siege against Gaza, including the Norwegian Fleet that is set to arrive in a few days.

07/28/18 Israeli Activist Who Grew Up In A Kibbutz Sails To Gaza On The Freedom Flotilla.
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