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Erez crossing reopens after 8 days of closure

Aug. 27, 2018 12:00 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2018 11:25 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun) between Israel and the northern besieged Gaza Strip was reopened on Monday following eight days of closure, upon order by the Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

The Israeli authorities announced the reopening of the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun) for humanitarian cases and Palestinian merchants who has received entry permits, in addition to foreigners and diplomats.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Lieberman's decision to reopen the crossing was based on the recent calm along the Gaza borders.

The Erez crossing was closed for the last eight days due to an organized sea march, made up of 40 boats, in attempt to break the siege of Gaza, as well as the continuing of "The Great March of Return" protests, during which 171 Palestinians have been killed and over 18,000 injured by Israeli forces.

The Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun) is the only operating crossing used for the movement of people between Israel and the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank. The crossing is under full Israeli control.

Although the crossing was designed to deal with the passage of about 20,000 individuals per day, it was reported that there are no more than 20 to 30 individuals crossing per day, most of whom are foreign passport holders.

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