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Israel reopens Gaza's border crossings

May 12, 2019 12:31 P.M. (Updated: May 14, 2019 12:22 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Kerem Shalom and the Erez (Beit Hanoun) border crossings in the besieged Gaza Strip were reopened by Israeli authorities, on Sunday morning, after closing for over a week during the Israeli escalation.
Both of the border crossings were open and operating in accordance with the previously established timelines.
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 May 4th and lasted for 48 hours, claimed the lives of 27 Palestinians, including an infant, toddler, and two pregnant mothers, and at least 154 others were injured. In addition, four Israelis were killed.

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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