Israeli occupation authorities have reportedly seized a number of large containers of childrenâ€™s clothing while on their way to the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming they were to be used for terrorist acts, Israeli media reported on Saturday.
According toÂ Israeli news site Ynet, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that confiscating the clothing is part of the Israeli war on â€śPalestinian terror.â€ť
He claimed that the containers of childrenâ€™s clothing, were intended for Gaza merchants who planned to pay the revenues for Hamas.
â€śOf course, this is a big lie,â€ť a Gaza merchant told Days of Palestine. â€śThis is just a false claim in order to the justify the 12-year-old Israeli siege imposed on the coastal enclave.â€ť
At the beginning of the school year, Palestinian families in Gaza were unable to find school uniforms in the Gaza markets, for their children.
The merchant said that the Israeli occupation blocked tens of items of childrenâ€™s clothes, including school uniforms.
â€śEven socks did not exist in the markets,â€ť Sarah, a mother of three school boys, said. â€śI bought shoes for my kids, and they have been wearing them without socks,â€ť she said.
(edited for the IMEMC by c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g)