Transporters sit in at Karm Abu Salim crossing after Karni closure

[ 07/03/2011 – 11:40 AM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– Private transportation companies have staged a sit-in Sunday blocking the Karm Abu Salim border crossing in the Gaza Strip, informed sources say.

The move was in response to the Israeli decision to close the Mintar (Karni) border crossing earlier this week.

Companies have gone on strike at the Karm Abu Salim crossing, the same sources said, adding that no truck has entered Israel since morning.

Goods would consequently not be imported from Israel worsening the situation in the strip.

Demonstrators say the Karni crossing closure curbs the freedom of traders and transportation companies, as the Karm Abu Salim crossing, where the load has been transferred, does not have the capacity to transport the entire region’s fodder and gravel, and that the shift will raise transportation costs, which would have a negative impact on the Palestinian citizen.

The demonstrators are calling on concerned authorities to pressure Israel to reopen the Karni crossing.

Transporters sit in at Karm Abu Salim crossing after Karni closure.

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