September 20, 2010
Posted: 1040 GMT
For the first time in over three years, the Israeli government has allowed the transfer of cars into the Gaza Strip.
The move, said Guy Inbar, a spokesman for Israel's office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, was another step in "the expansion of the civilian policy towards Gaza strip".
About 20 cars loaded on trucks were to pass through the Kerem Shalom crossing Monday and be handed over to Palestinian car dealers. Another 60 cars are to be transferred over the next few days according to Inbar.
Israel decided to ease restrictions on the Gaza Strip in wake of international condemnation following an Israeli commando raid against activists on-board an aid ship bound for Gaza. The raid left nine Turkish and Turkish-American activist dead.
Gaza has been subject to an Israeli and Egyptian economic blockade since the Islamist movement Hamas seized power from the Palestinian Authority in 2007 though Israel has been allowing more goods to be imported recently except those it claims can be used for weapons manufacturing and building military fortifications.
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