Israel to allow roofing supplies store to reopen

Israel will allow roof supply store Elie Saadia to reopen to stock roofing and other materials, the Interior Ministry announced Friday.

The ministry said the department would give the new store, located in the southern West Bank town of Beit Hanoun, a green light and permit to operate. 

Elie Saadiya opened in February, but had been shuttered since November because of Israel’s closure policy.

“Elie’s customers can now shop, enjoy the beauty of the city and shop at the store without fear of being fined,” said a statement from the Interior Minister’s office.

“We will provide the same services as before.”

The Interior Ministry said the store had been under the control of the Palestinian Authority for more than a year.

It said the Palestinian cabinet approved the permit for Elie to open.

“We welcome the establishment of Elie, which will strengthen our cooperation and help the company expand its business,” Interior Minister Gilad Erdan said.

The Israeli company, which manufactures the roofing product Elie uses, employs about 6,000 people.

The decision was announced in a statement issued by the interior ministry, and the statement did not say when the permit would be granted.

Elie is one of three retail outlets in the Palestinian territories to reopen under the new government, the other two being in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Elie has a branch in Jerusalem and has a shop on the ground floor of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The company has been a major supplier of roofing products to Israel, the United States and other Western countries.

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