Israel Re-Opens Gaza to Construction Materials

YERUSHALAYIM (AP/Hamodia) -

The United Nations says Israel has agreed to again allow imports of construction materials into the Gaza Strip after a two-month clampdown.

In 2010, Israel eased the restrictions, which had been imposed for reasons of security, to allow imports for internationally supervised projects. But in October, it halted the entry of all construction materials after discovering a concrete-lined tunnel along the border built by Palestinian terrorists.

U.N. Mideast envoy Robert Serry said Monday the materials will be used to build schools, housing and sanitation facilities.

A security source told The Jerusalem Post that Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ordered Maj.-Gen. Eitan Dangot, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, to draw up a mechanism for supervision of the material, to ensure that it does not fall into the wrong hands. Dangot presented a plan — the details of which are classified — which was subsequently approved by Yaalon.