Israel says to ease restrictions on Gaza

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JERUSALEM, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Israel will ease restrictions imposed on the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials said on Monday, amidst reports on Qatari-brokered cease-fire between Hamas group and Israel.

Kerem Shalom, Gaza's main cargo crossing, would be reopened on Tuesday, Israel's Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories, the defense ministry unit that oversees the crossings, said in a statement.

In addition, the zone permitted for fishing around the coastal Palestinian enclave will be returned to 15 nautical miles (about 27.8 km) and the transfer of fuels will be allowed.

Lifting the restrictions "is conditioned with the preservation of calm and security stability," the statement read.

Israel closed on Aug. 11 the Kerem Shalom crossing, Gaza's main crossing for goods, and later restricted the fishing zone around the besieged enclave, saying the measures were a response to balloons attached with explosives or incendiary materials militants sent into southern Israel.

The unofficial truce came after more than two weeks of almost daily Israeli attacks against Hamas targets in Gaza.

Israeli officials told Channel 12 TV news that Hamas has received from Qatar some 30 million U.S. dollars. In exchange, the Islamist Palestinian group promised to halt the launches of explosive balloons towards southern Israel.

Hamas confirmed in a statement that a truce with Israel was achieved via a Qatar envoy. Enditem

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