Kerem Shalom Crossing reopens for humanitarian aid deliveries

The IDF and COGAT announced in a joint statement Wednesday morning the reopening of Kerem Shalom inside the Gaza Strip.

The army added that trucks carrying humanitarian aid, including food, water and medicine, were arriving at the crossing from Egypt. Following inspection by Israeli Defense Ministry officials at the crossing, the aid will be transported to the Palestinian crossing.

The Kerem Shalom crossing was closed due to attacks by Hamas

The Kerem Shalom crossing was closed earlier this week following a Hamas rocket barrage in the area that killed four IDF soldiers and injured several others to varying degrees.

(From left to right) IDF soldiers Reuben Mark Mordechai Azolin, Ido Testa, Michael Rusal and Tal Shavid killed in a Hamas rocket attack in the Kerem Shalom area. May 5, 2024 (Credit: IDF Spokesperson Section)

The IDF statement also clarified that although the Kerem Shalom crossing was closed, the Erez crossing remained open for aid deliveries and was later moved to the Strip.

Yonah Jeremy Bob, Joanie Margulies and Tzvi Joffre contributed to this report.

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