Thursday 25 December 2008

Israel prevents transfer of humaniterian aid to the Gaza Strip

Gaza – Ma’an – Israel decided on Wednesday to cancel its decision to temporarily open the Gaza Strip border crossings of Kerem Shalom and karni on Wednesday to transfer humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, said the Assistant Undersecretary of the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy Nasser As-Sarraj.

As-Sarraj told Ma’an, “The Israelis informed us early on Wednesday morning that the decision to open Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings has been cancelled. They gave no reasons, neither did they mention opening Nahal ‘Oz crossing for fuel deliveries.”

According to As-Sarraj, 20 truckloads of flour, rice, sugar and cooking oil were supposed to enter the Gaza Strip in addition to 39 truckloads of wheat and fodder and 25 truckloads of food products for the UNRWA.

For his part, Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak gave directives to cancel the planned transfer of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip following the rocket and mortar barrages which hit southern Israel on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the electronic website of Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronot.

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