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Israel reopens Gaza commercial crossings: official
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Palestinian officials said Israel suddenly decided on Wednesday to partially reopen Gaza commercial crossing points following a one-day complete closure.

Ra'ed Fatouh, Gaza crossings coordinator said in a statement " the Israeli side informed us early this morning that all Gaza border crossings are opened for dozens of trucks."

Israel decided to reopen the crossing points of Gaza to allow more humanitarian aids, fuels and daily basic needs of foods and medicines for Gaza Strip population.

Fatouh said that 110 trucks will be allowed into Gaza through Kerem Shalom crossing, including 82 trucks loaded with humanitarian aids and 36 trucks loaded with flour, fruits, agricultural equipment and diary products.

He added that another 80 trucks loaded with fodder and wheat will be allowed through Karni crossing, while the industrial fuels to operate Gaza power plant will be allowed through Nahal Oz depot.

Israel had shut down Gaza crossings with its borders shortly after Gaza militants attacked by a bomb an Israeli armored personnel carrier on Tuesday, in which one Israeli soldier was killed and three wounded.

A 22-day Israeli large-scale military assault on Gaza that ended on Jan. 18 had caused a severe humanitarian crisis in the enclave due to shortage of food and other basic needs of fuels and cooking gas.

(Xinhua News Agency January 28, 2009)

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