This report documents the conditions of the commercial border crossings related to the movement of persons during October 2016. This report emphasizes that Israeli closure imposed on the Gaza Strip has been intensified during the reporting period as the quantity of goods that were allowed to enter the Gaza Strip unprecedentedly declined. The imports in October consitute 58.3% of the total imports in August. Moreover, Gaza’s exports do not exceed 3.1% of the total exports before imposing the closure in 2007. This report shows that sever restrictions imposed on the entry of about 400 types of goods to the Gaza Strip most of them are of the basic goods and raw materials. As for the construction materials required for the Gaza Reconstructiom and civilians’ daily needs, the Israeli authorities imposed restrictions on their entry. They allowed only the entry of 2.5% cement, 1.6% construction steel and 5.3% aggregate of the total needs for the reconstruction process. Moroever, the Israeli authorities continued to decrease the entry of cooking gas into the Gaza Strip as only 34.2% of the total needs of cooking gas was allowed. As for the movement of persons, the Israeli forces have imposed new restrictions on the residents of the Gaza Strip according to which they reduced the few numbers of the specific categories that were allowed to travel through Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing. Those restrictions affected civilians’ movement as the rate of patients’ permits rejected by the Israeli authorities increased. As a result, the number of patients allowed to travel through the abovementioned crossing showed 33.9% decline comparing with last September and 36.5% for the permits of patients’ companion permits. Furthermore, the rate of business people allowed showed around 38.8% decline while the rate of people with special needs showed 54.3%. The Israeli authorities also decreased the number of prisoners’ relatives allowed to visit their sons in the Israeli jails to 59.7% while the number of elederly people allowed to perform prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque decreased to 22%.
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