On the 23rd of May, Israel lifted a ban and started to supply Gaza Strip residents with cement for home reconstruction, Reuters has reported. The ban lasted for 45 days, following Israel’s claims that Hamas rulers had seized some cement imports for the purpose of building and fortifying attack tunnels.
However, the Hamas leadership has denied the accusations. It should be noted that the ban imposed by Israel didn’t involve cement deliveries for housing projects supervised by international aid groups and foreign states.
At present, 90 cement trucks have already crossed the Gaza Strip and 4,000 tonnes of material are expected to be supplied on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, an Israeli official told Reuters that in the event of violations on the part of Hamas, the ban might be imposed again.