Sufa Crossing Reopened Despite Attacks

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel reopened the Sufa crossing at the border with the Gaza Strip Tuesday, despite several recent attacks by Hamas-affiliated terrorists.

By noon, 86 trucks transporting food and medical supplies passed through the crossing en route to various locations in the Strip.

On Tuesday afternoon, Israel also reopened the Erez crossing, used primarily for Gaza-based Palestinians seeking treatment at Israeli medical centers.

The Kerem Shalom crossing, site of a terror attack Saturday morning that injured 13 Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers will remain closed, as will the Nahal Oz Fuel Depot, where Hamas terrorists killed two Israeli citizens two weeks ago.

Palestinian terror attacks along the border, especially at border crossings, are aimed at forcing Israel to close the conduits for humanitarian supplies, which Hamas hopes will bring international condemnation on Israel.

"This certainly involves difficult dilemmas. On the one hand, we don't want a humanitarian crisis in the Strip or to play into Hamas' hands by contributing to the notion that Israel is to blame for the situation," an Israeli security official told YNet news.

"On the other hand, we are dealing with concrete terror threats and are trying to reduce, as much as possible, the risk posed to those operating the crossings," he said.

Two weeks ago, Hamas terrorists breached the security fence near the Nahal Oz Fuel Depot, infiltrated the facility and gunned down two Israeli employees.

On Saturday, 13 IDF soldiers were injured when two booby-trapped jeeps, disguised as IDF vehicles, exploded inside the Kerem Shalom crossing. On the same morning, Palestinians gunmen tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate the Kissufim border crossing.

Source: YNet news

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