Israeli occupation authorities reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing, on Wednesday morning, and allowed the entry of trucks into the Gaza Strip.
This comes at a time when Israeli media reported that Hamas and Israel had reached a settlement that would include a ceasefire, in an Egyptian-brokered agreement.
Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman decided to open the Kerem Shalom crossing completely and expand the fishing area to 9 nautical miles, according to Israeli media.
Lieberman said that the situation will be monitored, with the possibility of other measures follow.
On July 10, the Israeli government decided to close the Kerem Shalom crossing and prevent the entry of goods into Gaza or the export of any goods from the Gaza Strip. They also decided to prevent the entry of gas and fuel, and to reduce the fishing area in the Gaza Sea to 3 miles.
Prior to the latest moves, Lieberman and Eisenkot met with military and security officials. They decided to open the crossing and expand the fishing area if the calm continued, and indicated that a package of additional measures would be considered in a complete cease-fire situation.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.