Israel says it will ease Gaza Siege
Israel on Sunday said it will ease its siege on the Gaza Strip by revising the list of goods to be allowed into the Palestinian enclave. Following a security cabinet meeting on Sunday, it was announced that all goods other than "weapons and materials that Hamas uses" would be permitted.
The office of PM Binyamin Netanyahu said in a statement that it would publish a list of goods not allowed into the territory "as quickly as possible".
It marks a change in policy from currently providing a list of goods permitted to enter the territory. "Israel seeks to keep out of Gaza weapons and material that Hamas uses to prepare and carry out terror and rocket attacks towards Israel and its civilians," the statement said. "All other goods will be allowed into Gaza."
Israel has also said that it will consider additional ways of allowing more Palestinians to leave the Gaza Strip for medical and and humanitarian reasons.
According to Sunday's announcement, Israel would allow needed construction materials for projects approved by the Palestinian Authority, and as long as they are under U.N. supervision.
The statement from Netanyahu's office said that goods would be let in for projects including schools, health facilities, water treatment and sanitation.