Gaza Truck 311.
(photo credit: Yaakov Lappin)
GAZA - Israel on Wednesday reopened a commercial crossing with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip that was shut for seven days, as a lull in cross-border fighting continued, an Israeli spokesman said.
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Israel had closed the Kerem Shalom during a violent flare-up in which Hamas militants 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.
Gaza traders said trucks from Israel first delivered animal feed and
that basic food commodities were expected to pass through later.
On Tuesday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said 172
truckloads of oil, sugar and flour were waiting to cross into the