(AA) – Israeli authorities on Sunday reopened the Gaza Strip’s only functioning commercial crossing, Kerem Shalom, after three days of closure for Jewish holidays, a Palestinian official has said.
Around 240 trucks carrying aid, industrial and agricultural goods, cooking gas and fuel are due to be allowed into the enclave on Sunday, Mounir al-Ghalban of Gaza’s border authority told Anadolu Agency.
Construction materials destined to projects run by United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) are also expected to cross into the strip during the course of the day, he added.
Blockaded by Israel – by air, land and sea – since 2007, the Gaza Strip has seven border crossings linking it to the outside world. Six of these are controlled by Israel, while the seventh – the Rafah crossing – is controlled by Egypt, which keeps it tightly sealed for the most part.
Israel sealed four of its commercial crossings with Gaza in June 2007 after Palestinian resistance movement Hamas wrested control of the strip from the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority.
As it currently stands, Israeli authorities allow the Kerem Shalom crossing – which links Gaza to both Israel and Egypt – to operate for commercial purposes.
The Gaza-Israel Erez crossing, meanwhile, is generally devoted to the movement of individuals between Gaza and the occupied West Bank.