Israel opens Kerem Shalom crossing to allow UNRWA aid into Gaza
Karm Abu Salem crossing.- AFP

CAIRO: Israeli authorities opened the Israel-Gaza Kerem Shalom border crossing Friday to allow aid and fuel to enter Gaza, Sky News Arabia reported.

Thirty vans of humanitarian aid from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) are scheduled to travel to Gaza.

Kerem Shalom is one of six Israeli crossings with Gaza. The others are Erez, Nahal Oz, Karni, Kissufim and Sofa, but Israel allowing aid to enter from its territory directly into Gaza is rare, according to an anonymous source described as “official” by Al-Wafd last July.

The Egyptian government called on Israel earlier this month in a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry to open the six crossings in order to provide Palestinians material to rebuild their homes and facilities.

Following a previous failed initiative, a 5-day cease-fire suggested by Egypt was finally approved by Israel and Palestine Wednesday night, according to Reuters. Hamas and Israel were represented in Cairo negotiations led by Egyptian mediators this week.

Typically, foreign aid reaches Gaza through the Egyptian border crossing at Rafah in the Sinai.

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