Israel reopens Gaza crossing points

July 2nd, 2008 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Tel Aviv, July 2 (DPA) Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak ordered the reopening Wednesday of the crossing points into the Gaza Strip, after they had been shut for one day in response to the launching of a rocket from the salient into southern Israel. For the first time in a year, construction materials will be allowed into the Strip, Israeli media reported.

The rocket launched late Monday caused neither injuries nor damage, and was the fifth rocket launched since a truce between Israel and the Gazan militant organisations went into effect from June 19.

Israel also responded to the four previous launching by temporarily shutting the Gaza crossing points, allowing no goods into the impoverished salient. The crossings were reopened Sunday after some four days of complete closure.

Although the Hamas organisation demands that Israel end its blockade of the Strip as part of the truce, Israeli spokesmen have emphasised that the flow of goods into the enclave is conditional on an end to the rocket attacks.

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