Israel to expand fishing zone, allow more imports into Gaza – Times of India

JERUSALEM: Israel introduced an extra easing of its blockade on Gaza on Thursday, saying it might expand the coastal territory’s fishing zone and allow the import of uncooked supplies for “essential civilian factories.”
COGAT, the Israeli army physique that oversees civilian affairs in Gaza, mentioned the measures would take impact on Friday and are “conditional upon the preservation of security stability.”
It mentioned the fishing zone can be expanded from 6 nautical miles to 9 nautical miles.
Israel and Egypt imposed a crippling blockade on Gaza after the Islamic militant group Hamas seized energy from rival Palestinian forces within the strip in 2007.
Israel says the restrictions are wanted to stop Hamas from importing army sources, whereas critics of the blockade view it as collective punishment of the territory’s 2 million Palestinian residents.
Hamas has demanded important easing of the blockade in negotiations with Egyptian and worldwide mediators aimed toward solidifying the casual stop-hearth that ended final month’s 11-day Gaza conflict.
Israel has mentioned it will not tolerate even comparatively minor assaults from Gaza, together with the launch of incendiary balloons, which triggered Israeli airstrikes final week.
Israel lifted another restrictions earlier this week, permitting 11 truckloads of garments to be exported and resuming mail service, in accordance to Palestinian officers.

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