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Israel will reopen Erez border crossing with Gaza: Minister



Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel will reopen the Erez border crossing to the Gaza Strip on Monday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said a week after closure due to clashes. In a statement from his office on Sunday, Lieberman. The decision to reopen Erez, the only crossing for the people in the north of the Palestinian enclave , had been met "in the face of calm along the border".

Israel completed the crossing on 19 August in response to what Lieberman called "violent" incidents at the time, "which heightens the blockade of the interior of the Islamist Hamas movement.

The Erez crossing is the only one for humans between Israel and Gaza, which have been under Israeli blockade for a decade

Gaza's only crossing of Egypt has been largely closed in recent years.

For several weeks now, Egypt and the United Nations have been seeking months of tensions and violence to forge a lasting ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

Palestinian Inians in Gaza have been gathering at the border since March 30, calling on Palestinian refugees to return to their former land now in Israel.

During this time, at least 172 Gazans were killed by Israeli fire – an Israeli Sun. ldat was shot dead in July by a Palestinian sniper.

There were also several heavy military shots, including three since July.

Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israel have fought three wars since 2008. [19659011]
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