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Israel reopens Gaza border crossings

Nov. 4, 2014 9:31 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 5, 2014 2:39 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel will reopen two border crossings with Gaza that it had ordered shut over the weekend, an Israeli army spokeswoman said late Monday.

"The crossing points of Erez and Kerem Shalom will be open as normal on Tuesday morning," the spokeswoman told AFP, without giving details.

A Palestinian official who coordinates the entry of goods into Gaza confirmed the reopening of crossings, adding that 330 truckloads of goods would be allowed into the besieged Strip, in addition to one truckload of cement.

Erez crossing will operate in both directions, added Raed Fattouh.

The two crossings had been ordered shut after a rocket fired from Gaza fell in Israeli territory on Friday, without causing any casualties or damage.

The rocket was the first to hit Israeli soil since Sept. 16, and the second since the end of Israel's devastating 50-day war on Gaza.

A ceasefire agreed between Israel and Palestinian factions took effect on Aug. 26, ending a conflict that claimed 2,140 Palestinian lives, mostly civilians, and 73 on the Israeli side, most of them from the army.

Both sides are expected to resume talks soon in Cairo as part of an effort to keep the ceasefire in place.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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