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Israel partially opens Kerem Shalom after bloody weekend

May 7, 2019 4:30 P.M. (Updated: May 9, 2019 12:45 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities partially opened the Kerem Shalom border crossing to allow the entry of truckloads of fuel into the besieged Gaza Strip, on Tuesday, after 48 hours of Israeli escalation.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, following the Egypt-mediated ceasefire agreement between Israeli and the Palestinian factions in Gaza, Israeli decided to partially reopen the main commercial border crossing to allow entry of fuel.

Gaza's daily demand of power is between 450 to 500 Megawatts. However, the enclave has struggled for years with power shortages due to limited fuel access and degraded infrastructure.

Sources added that the Erez border crossing remained closed.

There are three crossings into the Gaza Strip; two are controlled by Israel and one by Egypt. The Gaza-Israel crossings are the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, that is specifically for pedestrians, and Kerem Shalom in the southern Gaza Strip for the entry of goods and fuel. The Gaza-Egypt crossing is the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, but is often closed and lacks infrastructure for it to be a main commercial crossing.

The Israeli escalation, which started on predawn Saturday until predawn Monday, claimed the lives of 27 Palestinians, including an infant, toddler, and two pregnant mothers, and at least 154 others were injured.

Israeli warplanes carried out about 320 airstrikes across Gaza, while over 600 home-made rockets were launched from Gaza towards southern Israel.

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