Israel reopens Gaza crossing shut during fighting

Kerem Shalom crossing was closed after increase in Hamas rockets, including anti-tank missile that hit a school bus.

April 13, 2011 10:41
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A DRIVER prepares to deliver his truck full of goo

Gaza Truck 311. (photo credit: Yaakov Lappin)


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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.

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.

Condition of teen injured in bus attack worsens
Defense officials: Conflict with Hamas likely to escalate

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 enclave.

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