x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Israel reopens borders with Gaza

Israel today reopened border crossings to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip after they were closed following a rocket attack.

Israeli trucks carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip wait to enter the Sufa crossing, between Israel and Gaza last month. Sufa is one of the crossings reopened by Israel today.
Israeli trucks carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip wait to enter the Sufa crossing, between Israel and Gaza last month. Sufa is one of the crossings reopened by Israel today.

Israel today reopened border crossings to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip after they were closed on Thursday following a rocket attack. The rocket was fired from the territory in defiance of a truce that has been in effect since June 19. The Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner said the crossings had reopened and merchandise could cross over again, as could people who needed medical treatment in Israel. "The Sufa, Nahal Oz, and Erez crossings are open for the passage of goods, including cement and fuel, as well as basic goods," Mr Lerner said.

The measure had been taken, he said, because no more truce violations had been signalled since Thursday. Several rockets and mortar rounds have been fired at Israel from Gaza since the truce between Israel and the territory's Hamas rulers went into effect. The truce was supposed to lead to the easing of a crippling blockade Israel imposed more than a year ago when the Islamist movement seized power in Gaza, but the military said after last week's incident the crossings would be closed until at least Sunday.

Hamas has insisted that its own fighters were respecting the truce and has vowed to arrest anyone who violates it. *AFP