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Israel Reopens Gaza Crossing

March 21, 2006

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) _ Israel on Tuesday reopened the Gaza Strip’s main cargo crossing to alleviate a food shortage in the area, Palestinian officials said.

Israel has closed the Karni crossing for most of the past two and a half months, saying Palestinian militants were planning to attack. The closure has caused a shortage of bread, dairy supplies and other essential goods in Gaza.

The Palestinians were hoping to bring into Gaza 100 trucks of food and medicine, about 20 of them carrying wheat, said the director-general of the Palestinian border authority, Salim Abu Safiah. Karni was expected to remain open for most of the day.

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