Israel to Ease Gaza Blockade

    An Egyptian truck loaded with gravel enters through the Rafah border crossing, between Egypt and Gaza Strip, in the southern Gaza Strip on December 29, 2012 as building material for the Qatari grant projects begin arriving.  In October, the emir made a landmark trip to the Gaza Strip, the first such visit by a head of state since the Islamist movement Hamas took over the territory in 2007. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB        (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Israeli military announced Monday that shipments of building materials will be allowed daily into the Gaza Strip—if the relative quiet along the border holds. It is the first real easing of the Israeli blockade that has been in place since Hamas took over the territory five years ago. It is also the first key concession of the ceasefire deal that ended eight days of fighting between Israel and Hamas last month. A military spokesman said that Israel began allowing shipments of gravel to Gaza’s private sector Sunday.

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