IOA opens Karm Abu Salem crossing only for limited aid quantities
|Monday, November 17,2008 05:14|
The Israeli occupation authority on Monday opened the Karm Abu Salem crossing allowing entry of limited quantity of supplies to the Gaza Strip but retained the other vital crossings closed especially Nahal Oz through which fuel is transferred to the Strip.
Press reports said that the IOA was planning to allow passage for 23 trucks loaded with foods supplies to UNRWA, which, according to the media, would be enough for only one week.
UNRWA had announced a halt to its distribution of humanitarian assistance after it ran out of stock.
The Hebrew radio reported that war minister Ehud Barak decided to retain the Gaza crossings closed despite appeals to the contrary by the UN and its agencies and the European commission.
It said that Barak attributed his decision to the continued firing of home made rockets at Israeli settlements near the Strip.
The Palestinian factions said that the rocket fire was in reprisal to the Israeli occupation forces" shelling and assassinations in violation of the calm agreement.