Israel lifts Gaza cement import ban

Palestinian workers pour cement on the roof of a building under construction in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on April 5, 2016Israel said late Sunday it was lifting a ban imposed last month on private imports of cement to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. “In accordance with the security assessment and the understandings reached with the international community, as of today Sunday May 22 the re-entry of cement into Gaza has been approved,” said a statement from the government body responsible for implementing policies in the Palestinian territories, COGAT. The ban was imposed in early April, with Israel accusing Imad al-Baz, deputy director of the Hamas economy ministry, of diverting supplies.

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