Imports to Gaza drop 70% due to blockade: report

20:58, February 22, 2011      

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A Palestinian report released Tuesday indicated a 70-percent drop in imports to the Gaza Strip since Israel imposed a blockade on the enclave in June 2007.

The report, which was made by Palestine Trade Center, observed the performance of commercial crossing point between Gaza and Israel from 1997 to the beginning of 2011.

It showed that the imports in 2008, the second year of the blockade, was only 30 percent of the imports in 2007.

Although the crossings operated almost close to normality in the first six months of 2007, the all-year imports of 2007 did not exceed 20 percent of the imports in 1997, when the highest imports and exports were recorded, with 119,000 truckloads imported to Gaza and 30,000 exported, the report said.

The Israeli blockade on Gaza was aimed at isolating Islamic Hamas movement, which took control of the strip after routing security forces loyal to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Israel relaxed the blockade last year in response to an international outcry that followed Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla, which killed nine pro-Palestinians Turks.

Source: Xinhua
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