Israel reopens crossings with Gaza after week of closure

Israel reopened its crossings with the Gaza Strip on Sunday after it closed the Rafah border crossing earlier this month, an Israeli Defense Ministry official said.

A spokesman for the Government Coordination Unit in the areas of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, which supervises the crossings, said that the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for individuals and Kerem Shalom  for goods had been opened with Gaza the crossings and the fishing zone was closed off Gaza on May 4 when Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, which responded by shelling dozens of targets inside the Gaza Strip.

Four Israeli civilians and 25 Palestinians, including at least nine militants, were killed in the two-day clashes that ended with a temporary truce on Monday.

Under Egyptian mediation, the Palestinians and the Israelis reached a cease-fire after two days of military confrontations, the heaviest since the 2014 war.



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