The Israeli closure imposed on the Gaza Strip continues for the 12th consecutive year.  During the reporting period (November), the Israeli authorities intensified the restrictions on the commercial crossings as they closed the Kerm Abu Salem Crossing and banned the entry of all goods and commodities into the Gaza Strip, except for the humanitarian supplies (including food and medicine).  Moreover, the Israeli authorities decided to totally ban the exportation of all goods from the Gaza Strip.  As for the Crossings for the movement of persons, the Israeli authorities continue to impose tightened restrictions on the movement of the Gaza Strip residents through Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing, narrowly allowing the travel of limited categories. These categories are: patients suffering from serious diseases and their companions; Arabs holding Israeli ID’s; international journalists; workers of international humanitarian organizations; businesspeople; families of prisoners in the Israeli jails; and persons travelling via al-Karama crossing.

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