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Israel eases the blockade of Gaza - but Gazans don't feel the difference

Several weeks after Israeli authorities lifted restrictions on certain items being allowed into the Gaza Strip, locals there are complaining that this is not the kind of change they were hoping for.

The decision of the Israeli government to ease the blockade of the Gaza Strip has yet to be clearly felt on the ground, according to many locals there. They put it bluntly by saying that the new products coming in, such as chocolate and biscuits, are not items that will genuinely change their situation.

According to many Gazans, a significant gesture would be to allow construction materials to pass through. But Israeli authorities are saying they have agreed to let some building materials into the Strip for projects supervised by the Palestinian Authority.

By Gallagher Fenwick

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