KEREM SHALOM CROSSING, Israel – 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.