Israel reopens Karni crossing to Gaza

March 10, 2006 02:25
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Operating under the constant threat of terror, the Karni goods crossing in northern Gaza facilitated the entry of 116 truckloads of goods and supplies to Gaza on Thursday. The commercial crossing was shut down two weeks ago owing to threats by terrorists to launch an attack on the Israeli side of the crossing. In accordance with a government decision on Wednesday, and after Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz assessed the situation with the security echelon, a decision was made to reopen for business despite the ongoing threats. Truckloads containing humanitarian assistance in the form of dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables, other basic food staples and medications entered the Gaza Strip without any hitches. Israeli security officials warned, however, that any imminent terror threats would force officials to close the crossing again. In the West Bank, security forces operating in Tulkarm arrested Osama Abu Zina, who planned to launch a suicide bomb attack in Israel. In the evening, shots were fired at an Israeli vehicle on the trans-Judea highway near Telem; no one was wounded in the attack. Security forces arrested 13 Palestinian fugitives affiliated with Islamic Jihad, Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in raids in Tulkarm, Nablus, north of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron and the Kalandiya refugee camp. The Samaria military court on Thursday indicted Eyman Amar Ali Jiar, 18, of Ilar north of Tulkarm on two counts of murder and attempted murder for his complicity in the attack at a checkpoint southeast of Tulkarm in December in which IDF officer Uri Binamo was killed and three soldiers wounded.

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