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Cement Trucks Roll Into Gaza With Israel Assured Hamas Sidelined

Trucks carrying cement, gravel and iron crossed Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip following assurances the materials for rebuilding the war-battered territory won’t be diverted by Hamas.

Israeli guards admitted 75 trucks today at the Kerem Shalom terminal, the first bound for private contractors since convoys were cut off in December, Palestinian Authority liaison officer Raed Fattouh said in an e-mail. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the convoy in a visit to Gaza, after international donors meeting this week in Cairo pledged $5.4 billion for the reconstruction project.