Hamas to Privatize Gaza Crossings

24 Feb
9:40 PM

The Hamas government has said that it plans to let private contractors take over the running of the Palestinian territory’s border crossings with Egypt and Israel.Photo: Palestinian children carry placards during a rally in front of the Rafah
border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on Jan. 29, 2014

(AFP/Ma’an) ‘The government is to give the private sector the opportunity to handle the technical management of crossing points from the Gaza Strip,’ Hamas deputy prime minister Ziad al-Zaza told AFP, on Saturday, and said that a commission of seven businessmen would be dedicated to the project.

‘Supervision of all terminals will be under government control,’ said Zaza, who is also finance minister.

The coastal strip, whose air and sea lanes are blocked by Israel, has three land crossings; Erez and Kerem Shalom with Israel and Rafah with Egypt.

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