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May Reopen Gaza Port to Speed Exports, Cut Cost of Refugee Supplies

Reopening of the port of Gaza mainly to enable the export of citrus fruit grown in the Gaza Strip is being considered by Israeli authorities, it was reported today. The proposed move would reduce transit expenses for supplies for Arab refugees cared for by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The supplies are now shipped by way of Ashdod, entailing many extra miles of transportation costs.

Israeli health authorities have launched an anti-polio campaign among the inhabitants of the Strip following the discovery of a number of polio cases among children in the area. The health drive was taken as a precautionary measure in view of the fact that Gaza Strip residents are now free to travel across Israel to the west bank.