Israel opens border crossings with the Gaza strip

Brenda Watkins
May 13, 2019

Even so, Israel went ahead on Sunday with opening border crossings to allow pedestrians and commerce to enter Gaza.

The truce agreement was announced by Palestinian factions early Monday.

At least one Palestinian demonstrator was killed and 30 others wounded on Friday during their clashes with Israeli soldiers stationed on the border between the eastern Gaza Strip and Israel.

Abdullah Abd al-Aal, 24, was shot in the stomach on Friday near the fence east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Gaza's health ministry said, in the first protests there since a deadly flare-up last week, Al Jazeera reported.

Israel did not publicly confirm the deal.

On Saturday, Israeli naval forces arrested three Palestinian fishermen off the shore of the besieged Gaza Strip, according to domestic official.

Gazans have held weekly rallies since March 2018, primarily to draw global attention to the dire living conditions.

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The current program is more limited in who can participate, in most cases specifically excluding teachers. School districts have to approve and teachers have to volunteer.

The Palestinian foreign minister pointed out there are over 600,000 Israeli settlers now living in the occupied West Bank, insisting Israel is intent on annexing the areas where they live, but maintained the Palestinian Authority is committed to brokering a two-state solution through dialogue.

More than 200 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed during the yearlong marches.

Reportedly, Egypt and Qatar have mediated this truce.

However, Palestinian officials severed communication with the USA after President Trump chose to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem a year ago.

Israeli authorities have further warned that the fighting could resume soon after in the absence of measures aimed at easing humanitarian assistance to those in the Gaza Strip.

"We cannot afford not to engage with any peace efforts", Maliki said, adding that nonetheless the United States efforts could not be characterized as, "nor can qualify as, peace efforts, unfortunately".

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