Israel to allow more building material into Gaza

Israeli defense officials here approved the transfer of more construction materials into the Gaza Strip.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon approved the transfer of about 1,000 tons of construction materials for United Nations projects and storm repairs, the Defense Ministry said in a Jan. 26 statement.

The entry of building materials was curtailed in October, a month after Israel began permitting more construction material into Gaza, when a tunnel from Gaza to Israel was discovered that had been constructed using 500 tons of cement.

A snowstorm in December reportedly displaced some 40,000 Gazans from their homes and caused extensive damage. — jta