Israel reopens Gaza crossing
Published Tuesday 05/03/2013 (updated) 05/03/2013 22:22
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces reopened the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing with Gaza on Tuesday, after a week-long closure, a Palestinian official said.
Palestinian Authority official Raed Fattouh told Ma'an that the crossing will operate regularly on Tuesday, with 390 truckloads of goods set to enter Gaza and one truck of flowers to leave.
Israel closed the commercial crossing last Tuesday after a rocket was fired from Gaza toward Ashkelon in southern Israel, but agreed to reopen it Monday.
A dispute between Hamas and the company operating the crossing further delayed its opening.
Officials in Gaza told Ma'an that Hamas dismissed the company in charge of the terminal after a dispute over the collection of customs revenue.
The officials told Ma'an that Hamas wants to keep the taxes, which are usually paid to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
Truck drivers at Kerem Shalom told Ma'an that rivalries over control of the crossing were impeding their work.