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Lieberman discusses easing restrictions on Gaza

Aug. 14, 2018 4:14 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 1:18 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, will hold a meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of easing restrictions on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Lieberman is set to meet with senior Israeli security chiefs to discuss the possibility of lifting restrictions, such as import of goods and expanding the fishing zone, on Gaza.

According to a Hebrew-language news outlet, Lieberman decided to hold the meeting following a noticeable decrease in launching incendiary kites and explosive balloons from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel, which scorched thousands of acres of land in southern Israel.

The reopening of the Kerem Shalom crossing for import/export of goods and the expanding of the allowed fishing zone to six nautical miles from the current three, will be considered during the meeting.

Sources mentioned that the lifting of restrictions will be conditional and would continue as long as the calm remains.

A spokesperson for the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services announced that there has been a recent significant drop of fires in the Israeli communities surrounding the Gaza Strip borders.

Senior Israeli officials commented on the recent violent escalation taking place in Gaza and said that "quiet will be met by quiet," implying that Israel is not seeking an escalation of violence.

According to a report released by the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, the recent escalation between Gaza and Israel raised the death toll to 168 Palestinians killed and over 18,000 others injured over the span of the past four months.
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