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New security scanner set to increase supplies to Gaza, in bid to speed up reconstruction

  • A Palestinian man takes a selfie with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders in front of Roots Hotel in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Koenders, visited the Kerem Shalom Crossing in southern Israel, which borders Gaza, to inaugurate a new security scanning system. The machine was donated by the Netherlands, and aims to increase the number of trucks crossing into Gaza from Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    A Palestinian man takes a selfie with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders in front of Roots Hotel in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Koenders, visited the Kerem Shalom Crossing in southern Israel, which borders Gaza, to inaugurate a new security scanning system. The machine was donated by the Netherlands, and aims to increase the number of trucks crossing into Gaza from Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders speaks with journalists after holding a press conference at the Roots Hotel in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Koenders, visited the Kerem Shalom Crossing in southern Israel, which borders Gaza, to inaugurate a new security scanning system. The machine was donated by the Netherlands, and aims to increase the number of trucks crossing into Gaza from Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders speaks with journalists after holding a press conference at the Roots Hotel in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Koenders, visited the Kerem Shalom Crossing in southern Israel, which borders Gaza, to inaugurate a new security scanning system. The machine was donated by the Netherlands, and aims to increase the number of trucks crossing into Gaza from Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, speaks during a press conference at Roots Hotel in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Koenders, visited the Kerem Shalom Crossing in southern Israel, which borders Gaza, to inaugurate a new security scanning system. The machine was donated by the Netherlands, and aims to increase the number of trucks crossing into Gaza from Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, speaks during a press conference at Roots Hotel in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Koenders, visited the Kerem Shalom Crossing in southern Israel, which borders Gaza, to inaugurate a new security scanning system. The machine was donated by the Netherlands, and aims to increase the number of trucks crossing into Gaza from Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

The Dutch foreign minister has inaugurated a security scanner that he says will increase the truckloads of supplies that enter Gaza from Israel and speed up efforts to rebuild the territory.

Israel allows trucks carrying construction materials into the Gaza Strip under strict security measures. Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, who is visiting the region, said Wednesday the scanner will ease the processing of the various materials.

Some 600 trucks cross into Gaza from Israel daily, according to COGAT, the defense body that handles civilian issues with the Palestinians. Some 1,000 trucks are expected to cross with the new scanner, according to COGAT and the Dutch Foreign Ministry.

Reconstruction efforts in Gaza have made little progress since last summer's war between Israel and Hamas and tens of thousands remain displaced.