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Kerem Shalom Crossing to Gaza to Re-open

Defense Minister Ya'alon orders that the Kerem Shalom border crossing be re-opened as of Sunday.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 3/16/2014, 4:21 AM

Trucks with food supplies enter Gaza through Kerem Shalom
Trucks with food supplies enter Gaza through Kerem Shalom
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The Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and Gaza will be re-opened as of Sunday, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Saturday night.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon had accepted a recommendation by the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, Yoav Mordechai, and ordered that the crossing be re-opened, the report said.

Half a million liters of diesel and gasoline to the private sector, 160 tons of cooking gas, and a quarter of a million liters of diesel for the power station in Gaza will enter through Kerem Shalom once it is opened, according to Kol Yisrael.

The border crossing was closed on Wednesday, at Ya’alon’s orders, after terrorists fired a barrage of dozens of rockets at southern Israel.

The announcement that the crossing will re-open came hours after Gaza's power plant shut down due to a lack of fuel, causing Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers to blame Israel and Ya’alon’s decision to close Kerem Shalom.

The Hamas-run enclave has been dealing with rolling power outages since last November. An Egyptian siege cutting smuggling tunnels transporting fuel from Sinai, coupled with high PA taxes that Hamas refuses to pay on fuel coming through Israel, has led Gaza to shut down the plant frequently.