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Israel announces new rules to ease Gaza blockade

Israel announces new rules to ease Gaza blockade
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Israel has announced new procedures to ease its four-year long blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The government says it will soon allow so-called “civilian” goods into the territory, while still preventing the entry of weapons.

The Prime Minister’s office has released a statement that Israel will publish a list of banned goods and that items not on the list will be allowed in.

In recent weeks, Israel has expanded a schedule of permitted goods to include snack foods and household items.

The policy follows the condemnation of the recent Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla of aid ships.

The new procedures would allow the entry of more construction material for UN projects to rebuild infrastructure, destroyed in Israel’s 22-day war on Gaza two years ago.