Forces reopen Gaza crossing shut during fighting

By REUTERS
April 13, 2011 14:41

 
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GAZA - Israel on Wednesday reopened a commercial crossing with the Gaza Strip that was shut for seven days, as a lull in cross-border fighting continued, an Israeli spokesman said.

Israel had closed the Kerem Shalom during a violent flare-up in which Hamas terrorists fired an anti-tank rocket at a school bus, critically wounding an Israeli teenager, and Israel retaliated with air raids, killing 19 Palestinians.

The violence has subsided since Egyptian and UN mediators achieved an informal truce on Sunday.

"The crossing has reopened for business as usual," said Amir Koren, a spokesman for the Israeli military coordination office that oversees Gaza's border crossings.

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