6. Mawasi, Gaza
See 11 December 2002 report by EA Sune from Denmark, entitled "A fertile prison".
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In the summer of 2002 Palestinians were barred from bringing metal of any kind into Mawasi. On entering in order to reach their homes, local inhabitants were obliged to deposit coins with the soldiers at Toufah. The metal ban extends to the layer of aluminium foil found on the back of medication packaging.
These restrictions have now been tightened. At present, nothing apart from the clothes people happen to wear may be carried through the Toufah checkpoint. The import ban thus now includes food of any kind as well as medicine.