Barak instructs that Gaza crossings open for humanitarian supplies

Defense Minister Ehud Barak, after a series of consultations with the Prime Minister's Office and the security establishment on Sunday instructed that humanitarian supplies, including medicine and basic foodstuffs, be allowed into the Gaza Strip throughout the day. Crossings will remain closed to traders. Defense Officials said that transferring humanitarian supplies for the sake of maintaining a "basic humanitarian level in the Strip" would allow Israel a "greater maneuverability and broader international legitimacy for actions in Gaza."