Palestinian businessmen slam intended closure of Al-Mintar crossing

[ 12/01/2011 – 01:52 PM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– The independent coalition of Palestinian businessmen and economists stated that Israel’s decision to close Al-Mintar commercial crossing and retain Karam Abu Salem terminal as the only passage between the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied territories is part of the economic strangulation policy pursued by Israel against Gaza.

A spokesman for the coalition said that the operational capacity of Karam Abu Salem terminal cannot meet the needs of Gaza population fully, pointing out that this crossing was primarily established for the entry of humanitarian aid and goods imported from Egypt.

The spokesman also explained that the independence on Karam Abu Salem terminal for the movement of goods and aid would cause traffic jams on Salahuddin road and jeopardize the lives of civilians.

He added that Al-Mintar crossing was established by some donor countries and it is prepared for the process of import and export and its closure would lead to the shutdown of many factories in the industrial area.

For its part, the popular committee against the siege warned in a press release on Tuesday that Karam Abu Salem border crossing is not prepared to meet the vital needs of Gaza population after the closure of Al-Mintar crossing.

The committee emphasized that the Israeli occupation is trying anew to tighten the blockade further on Gaza people rather than lifting it completely.

Palestinian businessmen slam intended closure of Al-Mintar crossing.

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