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UPDATED: 07:32, July 24, 2006
Israel partially re-opens Gaza commercial crossing
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The Israeli authorities have partially re-opened Karni commercial crossing between Gaza and Israel, well-informed Palestinian security sources said on Sunday.

The sources said that Israel allowed entry for fuel supplies and petrol products while banned the movement of food and basic goods.

Earlier, the sources said that the Israelis had told them they wanted to open the crossing, but they did not tell for how long it would be kept open.

The Karni crossing, Gaza's main cargo terminal, has been closed along with other crossings since June 25 when Palestinian militants mounted a deadly attack on an Israeli army post near the Gaza border, killing two Israeli soldiers and kidnapping a third.

On July 6, Israel reopened the crossing in the morning to allow the entry of 100 trucks, loaded with medical and food supplies from international aid, into the Gaza Strip, but it was shut again at noon for fear of attack.

Palestinian economists say that the closure of the border severely harms the economic situation in the Palestinian territories, which caused the prices of goods to skyrocket and the markets to be empty.

Meanwhile, Rafah crossing between Gaza Strip and Egypt might be opened on two-way for two days within the coming 48 hours, Palestinian media sources said on Saturday evening.

Local Gaza news agencies reported that the crossing would be reopened to allow Palestinians stuck in Egypt to leave and return to the Gaza Strip.

However, the director of Rafah terminal Samir Abu Nahla told reporters that he had no information that the crossing would be reopened within the coming two days.

He added that the crossing would be reopened only to allow Palestinians, who have passed earlier, getting their luggage which was left at the crossing due to the congestion.

Israel has prevented EU monitors, who run the crossing, from reaching it after the capturing of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants last month.

According to Rafah crossing agreement, which was brokered by the U.S. Secretary of Sate Condoleezza Rice last year, the Palestinians are not allowed to operate the terminal without the presence of the EU monitors.

Source: Xinhua


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