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Gaza's Kerem Shalom crossing partially reopens

July 24, 2018 11:30 A.M. (Updated: July 31, 2018 2:23 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, announced on Tuesday morning that the Kerem Shalom crossing in the northern besieged Gaza Strip will be partially reopened starting 12 p.m. on Tuesday.

Following a reduction of incendiary kites and explosive balloons being launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, Lieberman decided to partially reopen the Kerem Shalom crossing, which had been closed for a week now.

Lieberman added that food, medicine, fuel and gas will be allowed into the Gaza Strip.

Although the Israeli minister said that the Hamas movement has not completely halted the "The Great Return March" processions as well as the launch of incendiary objects, it has reduced the number being launched towards the Gaza-Israel border communities.

He added that the complete opening of the Kerem Shalom crossing will depend on the complete termination of launching incendiary kites and explosive balloons in the coming days.

The closing of Kerem Shalom crossing, Gaza's main commercial crossing, came after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to impose severe economic sanctions on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu's decision came four months after the launch of incendiary kites and explosive balloons from the strip into southern Israel, which has scorched thousands of acres of land along the borders.

The decision included the temporary suspension of imports and exports with the exception of basic humanitarian supplies through the Kerem Shalom crossing, and the reduction of the allowed fishing zone from six to three nautical miles.

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