UN calls on Israel to lift Gaza blockade, says new closures paralyzed construction industry

November 21, 2013 11:54 PM

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UN calls on Israel to lift Gaza blockade, says new closures paralyzed construction industry

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – A senior United Nations official says new border restrictions on Gaza by Egypt and Israel have paralyzed the territory's construction industry and idled 10 percent of the workforce.

Israel and Egypt have imposed restrictions since the Islamic militant Hamas seized Gaza in 2007. In July, Egypt shut down smuggling tunnels under its border with Gaza. Israel barred the import of all construction materials to Gaza last month after it discovered two concrete-lined border tunnels dug ...

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