Clothing arrives in Gaza


Israel has allowed the first commercial shipment of clothes and shoes into the Gaza Strip since 2008, but says its policy towards the territory’s Hamas rulers has not changed. A Palestinian official had earlier said the five truckloads of clothes and five of shoes were the first such shipment since the summer of 2008, but later clarified that smaller amounts of such items had entered Gaza as part of international aid packages. A military official said the shipment was part of a long-standing policy of allowing basic goods into the territory ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement, which is sworn to Israel’s destruction. Israel has sealed off the territory of 1.5 million people from all but vital aid since Hamas took power in June 2007.