A Palestinian man walks next to a truck loaded with mattresses after entering Gaza at the Kerem Shalom crossing, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
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Lorries heaped with goods bound for Gaza shops heaved into the war-torn enclave Thursday, but there was no sign of the much-needed building materials to start the all-important reconstruction.An increasing number of trucks, carrying everything from biscuits and soft drinks to nappies, could be seen passing into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing, after a Tuesday cease-fire ended 50 days of bloody and destructive fighting.Talib Abu Jaray, a 50-year-old driver, stood waiting for his cargo of vegetables to be cleared by customs inspectors, who were poring over a truckload of food aid from the Red Cross parked nearby.He said the situation at the crossing had become "a little easier" since the cease-fire and that some items restricted by the Israelis had been allowed in again.Rafah, Gaza's only gateway to the world which is not controlled by Israel, is controlled by the Egyptian authorities, and therefore not technically included in the cease-fire agreement.Crossing into Egypt is still an arduous process open to few from inside Gaza.
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