Israeli authorities opened the Kerem Shalom crossing into the Gaza Strip Thursday, allowing 700 truckloads of goods to enter the besieged enclave.
Head of the Commission for the Coordination of Goods into Gaza Strip Raed Fattouh said that among the good entering the strip were construction materials for internationally-funded projects, fuel, and materials to improve the strip's infrastructure, particularly roads.
Thursday's entrance of diesel, building materials, aid, and supplies through the Kerem Shalom crossing came after a series of closures due to Israeli national holidays.
The crossing is scheduled to be closed again Friday and Saturday for the weekend.
Severe border restrictions on imports and exports into Gaza by Israel and Egypt over the past eight years have led to a collapse of the tiny coastal enclave's economy, but small amounts of goods are allowed in through Kerem Shalom. more