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Israel allows gravel into Gaza for first time since Hamas takeover

The gravel shipment was part of the cease-fire deal brokered between Israel and Gaza last month, and may be followed with additional building materials.

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An Israeli boy holds a fist full of gravel in 2010. For the first time since the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza, Israel is allowing gravel to be shipped to Gaza.

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Israel eased its blockade of Gaza today, allowing a shipment of gravel for private construction into the Palestinian territory for the first time since Hamas seized control in 2007.

A Palestinian official with knowledge of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that ended eight days of fighting last month between Israel and Gaza militants said the move had been expected as part of the deal.

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