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Text testimonies No one was allowed back into Gaza with stuff
catalog number: 127756
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Engineering Corps
Area: Northern Gaza strip
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No one was allowed back into Gaza with stuff
Rank: First Sergeant
Unit: Engineering Corps
Area: Northern Gaza strip

One of our outposts was near the Erez Crossing [between Israel and the Gaza Strip], so a lot [of Palestinians] would go through were it to get to work. They would cross it every morning and come back in the afternoon. Apparently, one day, a weapon was found on someone, or someone was caught trying to smuggle something out, so the orders that day were that no one was allowed back into Gaza with stuff. The thing is that, every day, they would come back with lots of things. Toys, furniture, food, lots of stuff. That time, they came there and suddenly they couldn’t bring anything in with them. I remember all the stuff they left there, all those toys and furniture and stuff. Sitting and eating all the fruit because they couldn’t bring it in, and putting on layers: all the shirts and all clothes, 7-8 layers, because they were allowed to go in with whatever they had on, but not with bags of clothing. Standing there in the afternoon, dealing with “suddenly, you’re not allowed to bring anything in.” The force manning the checkpoint was a mixed battalion of men and women, the Erez Battalion (the Military Police’s Checkpoint Unit), and it was the most active checkpoint in the Gaza Strip in terms of the amount of people crossing.