A senior U.N. official says new border restrictions on Gaza by Egypt and Israel have paralyzed its construction industry.
Israel barred import of all construction materials to Gaza last month after it found two concrete-lined tunnels dug by terrorists.
In July, Egypt shut down tunnels under its border with Gaza. Robert Turner of the main U.N. aid agency in Gaza urged Israel Thursday to lift the ban that he said put building projects worth $60 million on hold. IDF Maj. Guy Inbar said Israel needs assurances the materials won’t be diverted to terrorists.