Israel to allow Turkish building material into Gaza
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Israel has agreed to allow Turkish trucks carrying construction materials into the Gaza Strip to build a hospital.
The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported Feb. 11 that the construction of the Turkish-Palestine Friendship Hospital will be complete within the year. The hospital will have 150 beds, making it the largest in Gaza.
The permission to bring in the construction materials came “as part of Israel’s decision to soften its embargo over Gaza,” the newspaper wrote. It also noted that easing the blockade on goods allowed to enter Gaza is part of Turkey’s conditions for normalizing relations with Israel, which have been on hold since Israel’s 2010 interception of Mavi Marmara, a ship attempting to break the naval blockade of Gaza. Nine Turkish citizens died in the ensuing incident. — jta
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