As Israel Opens Its Only Passage to Gaza, Local Truck Driver Says He’s Tired of Area’s Instability

Before the eruption of the hostilities between israel and Gaza-based militant groups on 10 May, the Kerem Shalom crossing was open for the transit of goods. Back then, 700 trucks had been departing the Strip every day. Now, however, their number is barely 300, a month after tensions subdued.

On Monday, when israel announced it would open the Kerem Shalom crossing that links the Gaza Strip to Israel, Nayef al-Omour, a 40-year-old truck driver from Rafah, located in the south of the Gaza Strip, breathed a sigh of relief.

Back to Work

For him, the opening of the crossing and the decision to let clothes and agricultural products in meant he was back to work again.

Israeli authorities closed down Gaza’s only link to Israel used for the transportation of goods on 10 May, after the enclave’s military groups opened fire on the Jewish state, launching a barrage of rockets.

In addition, during the 11 days of fighting that resulted in 13 Israeli deaths and cost the lives of more than 250 Palestinians, Israel introduced a number of restrictions on the Gaza Strip. These included a ban on fishermen venturing beyond their fishing zone, limitations on the number of patients seeking treatment outside of the enclave and the curtailment of raw materials that could enter or leave the area.

Those are still in place despite the fact that the fighting ended more than a month ago. Imports of agricultural products and textiles are permitted but their volume is half of what it was before the…

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