PA Official: Israel to reopen Kerem Shalom crossing Wednesday
Published Tuesday 18/03/2014 (updated) 19/03/2014 22:54
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel will reopen the Kerem Shalom crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after keeping it closed for six consecutive days, a Palestinian official said.
Nazmi Muhanna, the Palestinian Authority director of border crossings, told Ma'an Tuesday that Israeli officials had informed the Palestinian side that the Kerem Shalom crossing would resume operations Wednesday.
The crossing was open Sunday and Monday, but only for fuel deliveries.
Israel shut down the crossing last Wednesday in the wake of a flare-up of violence that began when an Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinian militants in southern Gaza the day before.
Militant groups in Gaza then fired barrages of rockets at Israeli towns, causing minor damages but no injuries. Israel hit back with airstrikes.
With the Rafah crossing with Egypt regularly closed, Gaza has become dependent on goods brought from Israel via Kerem Shalom.
Rafah has been closed for 39 consecutive days, except in exceptional cases for limited purposes such as facilitating the passage of Umrah pilgrims.
The Rafah crossing had been the principal connection between Gaza's 1.7 million residents and the outside world since the imposition of a crippling economic blockade by the State of Israel beginning in 2007.
Egypt has frequently closed the terminal since its army ousted president Mohamed Morsi in July. Hundreds of tunnels that Gazans used for years to import fuel, building materials, and other goods were also destroyed.