Israel reopened two Gaza border crossings on Thursday, a week after closing them in the wake of rocket fire during US President Barack Obama’s visit to the region.
The Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and southern Gaza was shut down last Thursday and the Erez crossing into northern Gaza was partially closed the same day, hours after Palestinians in Gaza fired rockets into Israel.
At least four rockets were launched. One landed in the yard of a home in the southern Israel town of Sderot, causing damage but no injuries.
Israel’s newly appointed defense minister, Moshe Ya’alon, ordered the restrictions on the two border terminals, which serve as the principal conduits for goods and people moving in and out of the coastal enclave. The IDF also restricted the fishing zone permitted to Gaza fishermen from six miles to three miles.
The IDF said Thursday it has reopened the commercial crossing at Kerem Shalom and is now allowing Palestinians with entry permits to cross into Israel through the civilian crossing at Erez.
The fishing restrictions are still in place, the military said.