Gaza Crossings Remain Closed Thursday

Ad Feedback - KEREM SHALOM CROSSING, Israel - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the border crossings with the Gaza Strip to remain closed Thursday, with the exception of the Kerem Shalom crossing.

One hundred and six trucks transporting food and medical supplies entered the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Jordan, Turkey and various international agencies donated the aid.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni flew to Paris today for talks with her French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner.

Kouchner voiced his country's call for a 48-hour "humanitarian cease-fire."

Livni told the French foreign minister that truckloads of food and medicine enter the Gaza Strip every day so there is no humanitarian crisis.

Kouchner said France considers Hamas as a terrorist organization and does not condone Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel, but he warned Israel not to allow the "violence" to escalate.

Livni told Kouchner that like most countries, Israelis desire peace.

At the same time, it has every right to defend its citizens, which is why the reason for the Gaza operation.

Source: YNet news

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