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Israel is giving priority to entry of private sector goods into Gaza, Unrwa says

The UN Palestinian refugee agency (Unrwa) chief Philippe Lazzarini said on Thursday that Israeli authorities are prioritising the private sector at the main crossing point for goods entering Gaza.

“When it comes to the crossing in Kerem Shalom, the private sector for the time being is being prioritised,” Lazzarini told AFP, adding that the development had occurred over the past two weeks.

He said the prioritisation took place at the inspection level, with private sector trucks inspected “before any other trucks”.

While private goods are “welcome in the Gaza Strip”, he said most Gazans are desperate after seven months of war and cannot afford goods at the current market prices.