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Israel allows junk food into Gaza

JTA

June 9, 2010 | 11:01 am

Israel has reportedly eased its embargo on allowing some food items into Gaza.

Snack foods and sweet drinks were allowed recently into the coastal strip, Palestinian officials told Reuters.

“We want Israel to lift the ban on textile, clothes, office equipment, paper products and school equipment,” Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh told Reuters. “But mostly we want [Israel] to allow the transfer of cement and iron because these are the really essential materials.”

The British Embassy in Israel denied a report Wednesday in the Telegraph that a quid pro quo deal was being planned that would see Israel ease its restrictions on goods allowed into Gaza in return for a moderated stance against Israel over its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla, which led to violent clashes and the death of nine passengers.

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