Private cement deliveries to the Gaza Strip resumed on Monday after Israel lifted a nearly two-month ban it imposed over the alleged diversion of materials by an official in the Palestinian territory.
Israel imposed the ban in early April in the territory run by Islamist movement Hamas which is still rebuilding after a devastating 2014 war.
The ban affected private providers, meaning Qatar, a major donor to Gazan reconstruction, and the United Nations were still able to bring in cement to Gaza, under an Israeli blockade for nearly a decade.
Raed Fattouh, who oversees the entry of goods into the Gaza Strip, said private deliveries had resumed for the first time since April 3.
Likewise, Haaretz reported on April 4, when the ban on the private import was introduced:
Israel has frozen all shipments of cement to the Gaza Strip intended for private uses, claiming that Hamas has diverted the building materials for its own purposes in a breach of the group’s agreements with Israel, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, announced on Monday.
The shipments of cement for large international projects will continue, COGAT said in a post on the unit’s Facebook page in Arabic.
In April, Israel suspended the delivery of cement to Gaza for private individuals intending to reconstruct homes destroyed in the 2014 war …