World Bulletin/News Desk
Israel would reopen the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern the Gaza Strip in the morning on Tuesday, following a two-day closure, a Palestinian official said Monday.
When it closed the crossing down on Sunday, Israeli authorities said they were taking the move against the background of the firing of a rocket from the Gaza Strip on southern Israel.
Raed Fatouh, the official responsible for coordinating traffic through Kerem Shalom, told Anadolu Agency that Israeli authorities had notified his department that they would reopen the crossing on Tuesday.
He said Israel would allow fuel and other commodities into the blockaded Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
Apart from Kerem Shalom, Israeli authorities also on Sunday closed down Erez crossing, which is dedicated for the movement of persons between the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian Authority border chief Nazmi Mehanna told AA earlier that Israeli authorities had notified his agency that they would continue to close down Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings on Tuesday.
Blockaded by Israel – by air, land and sea – since 2007, the Gaza Strip has seven border crossings linking it to the outside world.
Six of these crossings are controlled by Israel, while the seventh – the Rafah crossing – is controlled by Egypt, which keeps it tightly sealed for the most part.
Israel sealed four of its commercial crossings with Gaza in June 2007 after Palestinian resistance movement Hamas wrested control of the strip from the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority.
As it currently stands, Israeli authorities allow the Kerem Shalom crossing – which links Gaza to both Israel and Egypt – to operate for commercial purposes.
A truce deal, brokered recently by Egypt, between Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza calls for reopening the strip's border crossings, which, if implemented, would effectively end the latter's seven-year blockade of the territory.
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