Kerem Shalom Crossing reopened, fishing area extended

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The Israeli occupation authorities opened the Kerem Shalom crossing on Wednesday morning and allowed the entry of trucks into the besieged Gaza Strip.

This comes at a time when Israeli media reported that Hamas and Israel had reached a settlement that would include a ceasefire, in an Egyptian-brokered agreement.

According to the IDF, Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman, in coordination with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, decided to open the Kerem Shalom crossing completely and expand the fishing area to 9 nautical miles.

Lieberman said that the situation be monitored, with the possibility of other other measures follow.

On July 10, the Israeli government decided to close the Kerem Shalom crossing and prevent the entry of goods into Gaza or the export of any goods from the Gaza Strip. They also decided to prevent the entry of gas and fuel, and to reduce the fishing area in the Gaza Sea to 3 miles.

“The Israeli occupation authorities have decided to increase the fishing area to 9 miles from Wadi Gaza and to the maritime border with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip. The area from Wadi Gaza to the northern border will be extended to 6 miles,” said Zakaria Bakr, head of the Federation of Fishermen’s Committees.

Prior to the latest moves, Lieberman and Eisenkot met with military and security officials. They decided to open the crossing and expand the fishing area if the calm continued, and indicated that a package of additional measures would be considered in a complete cease-fire situation.