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Terrorist organization Hamas continues seeking to reduce imports into the Gaza Strip

Terrorist organization Hamas is preventing the importation of goods into the Gaza Strip, as part the group`s policy seeking to reduce the importation of goods both from Israel and other external markets, without taking into consideration the needs and desires of the local population of the Gaza Strip.
Date: 16.01.13     Author: Menachen Adoni

The Ministry of Economy of Hamas announced its decision to prohibit the importation of several types of goods into the Gaza Strip, via the the Israeli crossings. The list of goods includes: Office furniture, various types of food, hygienic products, gas pipes, plastic bags, plastic, and clothing.

The local population in the Gaza Strip has voiced discontent over this decision, mainly due to the fact that the Israeli goods brought into the Gaza Strip are regarded as high quality and much more durable and resistant products than the merchandise smuggled into the Gaza Strip via the smuggling tunnels in the Rafah region. 

COGAT says that it is part of the policy of the terrorist organization Hamas, aiming at reducing the importation of goods both from Israel and from external markets, without performing any substantial and serious analysis of the impact of the group's decisions on the population of the Gaza Strip.