Israel Opens Gaza Crossings

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - After Tuesday's one-day closure following Kassam rocket attacks the previous evening, Israel again opened its border crossings with the Gaza Strip.

For the first time since imposing an economic boycott on nonessential goods entering Gaza, Israel allowed construction material to be delivered.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Egypt opened the Rafah crossing at its border with Gaza to allow an estimated 100 people stranded on both sides to cross the border.

Some 70 Egyptians, reportedly left in Gaza when Egypt closed the crossing last January, a few weeks after Hamas blew up the concrete barrier at the border, were allowed to return to their homes.

Another 50 Gazans seeking medical treatment in Egypt were also allowed to enter the country.

In the year following Hamas's June 2007 takeover of the Strip, Israeli security officials say the Rafah crossing has been opened and closed 50 times, despite Israel's request that it remain closed until Hamas releases IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Additionally, the Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Hamas includes the stipulation that Egypt make a greater effort to halt arms smuggling to Gaza.

Each time Egypt reopens the Rafah crossing, it aids efforts by Gaza-based terrorists to travel to and from Iran and smuggle untold amounts of weapons and related paraphernalia into the Strip.

Source: Haaretz

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