For the first time since 2007: Israel allows gravel destined for the private sector to enter the Gaza Strip

December 26, 2012. For the first time since the closure was imposed on the Gaza Strip in 2007, Israel has allowed the entry of gravel for the private sector.

According to Palestinian officials in charge of coordinating the entry of goods into the Strip, Israel has approved the entry of 20 trucks per day carrying gravel for commercial use. Israel has until now claimed that gravel, like other building materials, is “dual use” and may be used for military purposes, and therefore only international organizations may purchase it from Israel, and only through a complicated approval process (Hebrew).

In recent months more than 1,000 trucks of gravel have entered Gaza each month, all destined for international organizations.