Israel has given further details of the easing of its blockade on Gaza, saying all civilian goods will now be allowed into the Palestinian territory.
The Israeli security cabinet announced a previously banned list of items would be replaced by a specific list of ‘‘weapons and war material’‘
The Israeli Prime Minister’s spokesman Mark Regev said: ‘‘From now on, all items, all goods can enter in the Gaza strip, except those, weapons and other military items, duel use items, that can be used by the Hamas military machine.”
Under the existing system many products such as toilet paper and other domestic goods had to be smuggled into the coastal territory under the border with Egypt.
For many Gazans the new measures are merely cosmetic. Hamas spokesman Jamal Khoudari said:
“They will not make any change in the land without opening all the existing points between Gaza and Israel. Israel wants to send a message only to the world. Israel wants to talk only without doing anything on the land.”
Construction materials remain a critical need in Gaza following the Israeli military bombardment of the territory a year and a half ago. Israel says building products for UN specified projects will now be allowed in.