Barak decides to slightly ease siege on Gaza

According to a security assessment made Monday evening, Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided to slightly ease the siege on Gaza and to allow medical supplies, medicine and a minimal amount of diesel fuel for the power plant in Gaza. Barak spoke to Egyptian President Mubarak and assured him that Israel had no interest in the creation of a humanitarian crisis in Gaza but at the same time would not allow the Palestinians to fire rockets into the western Negev.