Israel closed Karm Abu Salem 17 days in April 5May13 May 5, 2013

Palestinian Information Centre    -     4 May 2013

images_News_2013_05_04_crossing_300_0GAZA, (PIC)– The popular committee against the siege has said that Israel had closed Gaza’s sole commercial crossing Karm Abu Salem for 17 days during the past month of April.

The committee said in a statement on Saturday that the closures were either due to weekend holidays, Fridays and Saturdays of each week, for eight days or due to security pretexts, which amounted to nine days.

It said that the crossing was thus closed for 67 days since the start of 2013, recalling that Israel was maintaining the closure of the former crossings of Soufa, Mintar, and Shujaia.

The repeated closure of Karm Abu Salem since the start of the year had led to 100 million dollars in direct and indirect losses for the private sector, it pointed out.

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