Friday, 23 May 2014

Gaza merchants protest near Erez crossing


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Strip merchants on Thursday morning demonstrated in front of the Erez crossing in protest against new Israeli restrictions that have severely limited the number allowed to cross into Israel on a daily basis, witnesses told Ma'an.

A protester at the crossing near Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip told Ma'an that although around 1,000 Gazan merchants have permits to travel to Israel, recently Israel has been allowing no more than a few to cross on a daily basis.

"We collectively decided to abstain from entering in protest against the reduction," the protester said, noting that many were not being allowed through even though they have valid permits.

The group refused to go through the crossing on Thursday morning in order to highlight the new Israeli restrictions on their movement.

According to B'Tselem, a limited number of Gazan merchants are permitted into Israel and the West Bank via Erez. more

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