GAZA, (PIC)– Israel’s aggression on Gaza has ended after reaching a ceasefire agreement that includes the lifting of the siege and the opening of border crossings before people and goods.
Despite the expectations of new economic development and access to Gaza, economic experts have stressed the need to impose new mechanisms on Israel in terms of Gaza border crossings.
The Israeli occupation has imposed along the past eight years a tight siege on Gaza, which led to a sharp and unprecedented economic deterioration in the Strip.
Economic experts told the PIC correspondent that the Israeli siege had increased the unemployment rates in Gaza up to 45%, where 200,000 unemployed people were recently registered in Gaza.
However, the experts said that lifting the siege on Gaza would accelerate the reconstruction of the Strip, improve the economic situation, and decrease the high unemployment rates.
Speaking on Gaza-Israel border crossings, the economic expert Maher Tabaa told the PIC reporter that Israel imposed tight restriction on the people’s movement via Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing.
Nearly 90% of Gazans are banned from having access to Israel under security pretexts. Therefore, they cannot reach the West Bank, he explained, calling for new mechanisms to link between Gaza and the West bank without the interference of the Israeli authorities.
Mintar border crossing was permanently closed on March 13, 2011 by the Israeli authorities after being totally destroyed and evacuated to prevent any attempt to reopen it, he clarified.
On January 4, 2010, the Israeli authorities totally removed Nahal Oz crossing that was allocated for fuel entry, while Sofa crossing, which was allocated before the siege for construction materials’ access, was completely closed, he continued.
Tabaa stated that Karem Abu Salem crossing is the sole border crossing through which goods’ access is allowed into Gaza; however, it is not fit to meet all the Strip’s needs.
Karem Abu Salem can only serve 450 trucks, while the Strip’s daily need is estimated at 1000 trucks, he said.
Gaza daily needs 10,000 tons of cement in order to start the reconstruction process, he said, noting that Israeli occupation used to close Karem Abu Salem crossing for 130 days each year due to weekly and public holidays.
The economic expert called for adopting a new mechanism to run Gaza’s border crossings and called on the Israeli authorities to cancel the blacklisted goods that include 100 kinds of goods.
He also called for canceling Israeli restrictions on the quantity and quality of goods needed in Gaza Strip.
He appealed to the international community to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to open all Gaza’s border crossings before movement of people and goods.
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