Gaza border crossings to reopen temporarily
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Gaza border crossings to reopen temporarily

Rafah and Kerem Shalom entry points will allow a one-way flow of traffic into the Hamas-controlled enclave

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Workers on the Israeli side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing into the Gaza Strip, December 2011 (photo credit Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)
Workers on the Israeli side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing into the Gaza Strip, December 2011 (photo credit Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)

The Rafah and Kerem Shalom border crossing points into Gaza were to be partially opened on Wednesday. They were closed earlier this month following a deadly terrorist attack that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers.

According to the Ma’an news agency, the Rafah crossing was to be opened one way to allow people to cross from Egypt into Gaza. The Kerem Shalom border crossing was to open to permit humanitarian aid, gas, and commercial merchandise to flow from Israel into Gaza.

Both border crossings were closed earlier this month after terrorists from Sinai killed 16 Egyptian border guards and smashed a commandeered armored vehicle through the Kerem Shalom border crossing into Israel. The vehicle was later destroyed by Israeli forces.

Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing and shut down smuggling tunnels amid suspicions that the terrorists were assisted by extremists in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

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