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Israeli let-up on Gaza has little effect - UN agency

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A partial lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza announced a year ago has had “only marginal positive impact,” a report by the UN food agency concluded on Tuesday. The World Food Programme study “Gaza: eased or un-eased?” found that although an outright ban on shipment of building materials to the strip has been lifted for some projects, the administrative hurdles still remaining made implementation slow and expensive.