Israel reopened the Erez crossing to workers from the Palestinian enclave of Gaza on Sunday after about two weeks of closure, the Israeli Defense Ministry said.
Bordered by Egypt, the Mediterranean Sea and Israel, the Palestinian enclave has been under an Israeli blockade for more than 15 years.
After an assessment of the security situation, it has been decided... to open the Erez crossing to workers and holders of permits authorizing entry into Israel, starting on Sunday
,” he said. said Cogat, the body of the Israeli Ministry of Defense that oversees civilian activities in the Palestinian Territories.
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This crossing point is used by 12,000 Palestinians with permits to work in Israel, particularly in the construction and agricultural sectors, where they receive much higher wages than in Gaza.
Closed since May 3
This is the first time that the crossing point has reopened since its closure on May 3, 2022
," said Cogat.
The continuity of this opening “
will depend on the maintenance of the stability of the state of security
The closure of the crossing was decided by the Jewish state in the context of celebrations of national days in Israel and then maintained as violence took place between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
Apart from the Rafah crossing point between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, Israel controls all entrances and exits from the Palestinian enclave, controlled by the Islamist movement Hamas and which suffers from a poverty rate of around 60% and endemic unemployment hovering around 50%.
Hamas and Israel have fought several wars over the past 15 years, the latest of which was a year ago.
Israeli authorities feared a further escalation in Gaza over recent tensions and violence around Jerusalem during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
But that didn't happen.