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Israel allows educational supplies into Gaza

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel facilitated the transfer of educational supplies to Gaza.

The copy machines, printers and projectors crossed into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing Thursday morning.

Over the last month notebooks, backpacks, writing equipment and textbooks, as well as Braille keyboards and printers, were also transferred for use in schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, according to the Gaza Coordination and Liason Office, also called the DCL.

"This is another humanitarian case, just one of many handled by the soldiers and officers of the Gaza DCL," said Col. Moshe Levi, commander of the Gaza DCL. "A large number of cases reach our doorstep and require special consideration, and we do our very best to understand the needs while providing the best and quickest response.  This falls into the framework of the overall humanitarian efforts and occurs in accordance with the policies in effect in Gaza."

Human rights groups and some leading U.S. political figures, including Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have pressed Israel to increase the foods and materials it allows into Gaza.

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