Saturday, March 12, 2011

Gaza Truckers Protest Israel's Closure of Commercial Crossing

On 2 March Israel announced the complete closure of Karni, the principal commercial crossing into the Gaza Strip, prompting protests by Palestinian traders who rely on the crossing to bring goods into the territory.

"The closure of Karni further tightens the blockade of Gaza and makes us lose hope that the siege will ever be eased," Dr. Maher al-Tabaa of Gaza's chamber of commerce told The Electronic Intifada. "Israel's makeshift crossing at Kerem Shalom does not handle large shipments of goods and Kerem Shalom's capacity amounts to only about 10 or 20 percent of Karni's," al-Tabaa added.'


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