Fri Apr 8, 2016 4:2AM
Palestinian workers pour cement on the roof of a building under construction in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on April 5, 2016. ©AFP
Palestinian workers pour cement on the roof of a building under construction in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on April 5, 2016. ©AFP

Israel has suspended cement deliveries to the besieged Gaza Strip, a move that further tightens the blockade, preventing the development of the lives of millions of innocent people.

Yoav Mordechai, the head of Israel’s military administration in the occupied Palestinian territories, announced on Monday that Tel Aviv had suspend imports of cement into Gaza, claiming that Palestinian resistance movement Hamas had diverted the building material to its own construction activities. The move could stop hundreds of construction projects as wells the reconstruction process following Israel’s 50-day war against Gaza.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.

In another development on Monday, the Israeli regime cut power supplies to large areas in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, a move Tel Aviv said was in response to the Palestinian Authority’s failure to pay electricity bills.