Trucks at the Kerem Shalom Crossing in Gaza 390 (R).
(photo credit: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)
A week after ordering border crossings with Gaza closed in response to a
Palestinian rocket attack, Israel reopened two terminals on Thursday
The Kerem Shalom goods border passage and Erez pedestrian
terminal were both operating at normal capacity, the IDF confirmed.
week, freshly appointed Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered Kerem Shalom
fully shut, and minimized activities at Erez to allow humanitarian crossings
Ya’alon also restricted Gaza’s fishing area
from five to 10
kilometers from the coastline. That restriction remains in place for the
The crossings are controlled by the IDF’s Coordination of
Government Activities in the Territories.
The closures came after
Palestinians fired rockets into southern Israel during the visit of United
States President Barack Obama. One projectile damaged a home in Sderot, and a
second fell in an open area. Two more landed inside Gaza. The attack triggered
rocket sirens and sent residents flying – after a prolonged truce.
on Friday arrested two members of a Gaza-based jihadi organization
with the rockets, Israel Radio reported.
The report said Hamas arrested
two members of the Salafi Magles Shoura al-Mujahddin organization. In an
Internet statement, the group said it had fired the rockets to show that Israeli
air defenses could not stop attacks during Obama’s visit.
arrests, defense sources told The Jerusalem Post
they believed the rockets had
been fired by a small terrorist group, and not Hamas.