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Israel charged bribes for Gaza access: WikiLeaks

A US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks quotes American officials as saying a key Israeli cargo crossing for goods entering the Gaza Strip was rife with corruption.



Jerusalem: A US diplomatic cable released
by WikiLeaks quotes American officials as saying a key Israeli
cargo crossing for goods entering the Gaza Strip was rife with
corruption.

The June 14, 2006, cable, published today by Norway`s
Aftenposten daily, says major American companies told US
diplomats they were forced to pay hefty bribes to get goods
into Gaza.

It quotes a Coca-Cola executive as saying he was
asked to pay more than USD 3,000 to get a truckload of
merchandise through. The executive claimed an unidentified
"high-level official" at the crossing headed the corruption
ring.

The alleged corruption occurred a year before Hamas
overran Gaza and Israel imposed an economic blockade.

At that time, however, Israeli-Palestinian violence
frequently closed the border crossings.

PTI

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