Israel and Egypt tightened the blockade of Gaza after the Islamist Hamas movement took control of Gaza in 2007.Israel has announced it will ease the land blockade of the Gaza Strip and allow more civilian goods to enter the Palestinian territory.
The move comes amid growing international pressure to end the embargo.
An Israeli raid on an aid flotilla attempting to break the blockade last month was widely condemned.
The decision to ease the blockade, agreed by Israel's security cabinet after a two-day meeting, will see the expansion of the number of products Israel will allow into Gaza, including construction materials.
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