Israel has agreed to transfer construction materials into Gaza to allow the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to build thousands of new housing units. The Sufa crossing was temporarily opened Tuesday night in order to transfer 500 tons of gravel.
Hundreds of Gaza residents protested outside UNRWA offices in recent days and threatened to shut down other building project in the region of the new housing units were not built soon.
Construction materials were allowed into Gaza only sparingly between the years 2007 and 2010, due to the Hamas takeover in the region. Security officials warned that the terrorist group would confiscate construction materials and use them to build bunkers and rockets.