Israel’s new Defence Minister and Labour party leader Amir Peretz ordered last week the reopening of the Karni checkpoint between Gaza and Israel.
The checkpoint has been closed for the majority of the time in 2006 over security concerns. Although the checkpoint was opened in one direction to allow medical supplies into Gaza.
Peretz announced that the crossing would be opened in both directions.
The move comes after international concern over the humanitarian situation inside Gaza. “Our war is against terror, not against the residents of the Gaza Strip,” Peretz said.
According to the Palestinian Trade Centre, the Palestinian economy loses $1.5 million every day that goods cannot be exported from Gaza.