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‘Too many’ cars in Gaza

Official says import stopped due to oversupply

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Cars transferred to Rafah through the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip, 2010 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
Cars transferred to Rafah through the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip, 2010 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

The government in the Gaza Strip has decided that there are too many cars being imported into the Palestinian territory, and on Wednesday announced it had reduced the number of vehicles due to oversupply.

In February, “we imported 63 cars from Egypt and 242 from Israel, and that’s a small number,” Basel Deeb, head of imports at the Gazan transportation ministry, told the Palestinian news agency Ma’an. In previous months the number of vehicles transferred into the Strip was larger, he said.

People in Gaza were not ordering cars in an indication that there was no lack of private vehicles, Deeb said.

However, he added, there was a shortage of commercial cars, such as taxis, due to an Israeli embargo on certain types of vehicles.

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