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Pepsi factory in Gaza blames Israeli import restrictions for shutdown Updated: 2021-06-23 06:54:19 KST

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Since 1961, a Pepsi factory in Gaza has been running nonstop, but the bottling company was forced to halt operations this week.
The company owners are blaming the Israeli import restrictions that were imposed following the 11-day dispute between Israel and Palestine last month.
Although limited imports were resumed following a with a truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas, restrictions were not loosened enough.

"I believe this is not the first factory that will announce a halt, during the next few days, you will hear about many factories that have stopped production due to it's inability to get raw material through the Israeli crossings."

The blocking of raw material imports, including carbon dioxide gas and syrup that the bottling company's factory needs, means 250 workers had to be sent home.
No immediate comment was provided by Israeli officials on the tightened restrictions.
Israel and neighboring Egypt have previously said,keeping tight control over Gaza's borders is necessary to prevent Hamas from getting weapons or producing them locally.
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