Military liaison says still no decision on Gaza crossing as UN hails reopening

The United Nations on Tuesday hails what it says is an Israeli decision to open the Kerem Shalom crossing to allow aid into Gaza, and urges the opening of a second location to let in humanitarian workers.

“We very much welcome the Israeli authorities’ opening of Kerem Shalom crossing for essential humanitarian supplies,” Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN humanitarian agency OCHA, tells reporters in Geneva, saying the Erez crossing should also be opened.

However, Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians, known as the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, says no decision has been made on the matter. A Gaza-body that coordinates with Israel on the crossings says it has already been informed it will open.

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