[Thursday, May 8, 2014] The Israeli army partially opened the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Trade Terminal, east of the besieged Gaza Strip, to allow the export of one truck, and the entry of 440 trucks into the coastal region.The Ma’an News Agency has reported that one truck, loaded with spices and green pepper, was allowed out of Gaza on its way to Europe, while 440 trucks, loaded with supplies for the trade, agriculture, transportation and aid sectors were allowed into Gaza.

Raed Fattouh, head of the Coordination Committee for entry of goods in Gaza, stated that Israel also allowed the entry of 2 cement trucks and 46 trucks loaded with gravel to be used for projects run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and 36 gravel trucks for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Israel also allowed the pumping of industrial fuel needed for the Gaza Power Plant, in addition to cooking gas and other fuel.

The Terminal will be closed for the weekend, Friday and Saturday, and Israel will later be determining when to allow more supplies into the Gaza Strip.