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In an effort to ease up restrictions and facilitate passage for Palestinians not involved in terror, the Erez crossing in northern Gaza was reopened for business Sunday.
The crossing was shut down on Thursday following an attempt by terrorists to launch a combined suicide bombing and shooting attack on the Israeli side. The attack was thwarted by soldiers and civilian guards, and two of the three terrorists were killed in a gun battle.
The opening of the crossing allowed thousands of Palestinian laborers from Gaza to enter Israel for work and also permitted goods and merchandise to enter the Gaza Strip.
Since November 2001, one Israeli civilian and 11 members of security forces have been killed in sixteen terror attacks launched at the crossing. Despite this, the site is considered to be one of the remaining symbols of co-existence between Israel and the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, two Kassam rockets were fired at the western Negev Sunday morning. According to the army, both were fired from the northern Gaza area of Beit Lahiya. The two rockets fell near kibbutzim north of the Gaza Strip, and no one was wounded and no damage reported.