A dispute between Hamas and Fatah over a Palestinian trucking company halted the
flow of goods at the Kerem Shalom crossing – Gaza’s main commercial artery –
leaving 70 trucks stranded on the Israeli side on Monday, according to Israeli
and Palestinian sources.
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It is hoped that the crossing will be open for
the transport of goods on Tuesday.
Israel had planned to open the
crossing Monday, after closing it for six days to protest the
Palestinian-launched rocket from Gaza that landed near Ashkelon on February
But on Monday, Hamas asked the Palestinian company, which transports
the goods from Kerem Shalom into Gaza, not to show up at the crossing, according
to Israeli security sources. The company complied.