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Israel to reopen Gaza pedestrian crossing after nearly 2 week closure

Palestinian workers are seen at the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, as they wait to enter Israel for work, on March 13, 2022. (Attia Muhammed/Flash90)
Palestinian workers are seen at the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, as they wait to enter Israel for work, on March 13, 2022. (Attia Muhammed/Flash90)

The Erez Crossing with the Gaza Strip will be reopened tomorrow for the first time in nearly two weeks, Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians announces.

“The continuation of the civil policy will be possible in accordance with situational assessments and the preservation of security stability,” says a statement from the Defense Ministry, known by its initials COGAT.

The move will enable the 12,000 Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled enclave with Israeli work permits to again enter Israel.

The crossing has been closed since May 3, when Israel also shuttered crossings with the West Bank for Memorial Day and Independence Day. It was due to reopen on May 6, but Israel kept it shuttered in the wake of a deadly terror attack on Independence Day.

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