Israel Eases Restrictions on Food, Goods into Gaza
Israel has reopened its border crossing into the Gaza Strip, permitting food and other goods to be taken into the area.
The crossing was closed July 9 in answer to rising violence between Israeli forces and the Islamic militant group Hamas.
Heavy fighting had been reported between the two sides over the past month. Hamas fired a series of rockets into Israel, while Israeli forces carried out many airstrikes in Gaza. The latest fighting ended a week ago.
The reopening of the Kerem Shalom crossing came as Egypt increased its efforts to negotiate a lasting cease-fire. It was not clear if the opening of the crossing was part of a larger deal negotiators are trying to reach.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the reopening "a clear message" to people in the Gaza Strip. He said it demonstrated that "quiet pays and violence doesn't pay."
Kerem Shalom is the main commercial crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip. It serves as the link for transporting food, fuel, construction materials and aid to the Palestinian territory.
Israel and Egypt placed severe economic restrictions on Gaza after Hamas seized the coastal territory. The militant group took control from the internationally-recognized Palestinian Authority in 2007.
Israel says the economic blockade is needed to contain Hamas, a militant group that seeks Israel's destruction. The closure has greatly harmed Gaza's economy. But, it has failed to oust Hamas or ease the group's hold on power.
Israel halted commercial traffic into the Gaza Strip last month. It stopped fuel shipments about two weeks ago to answer balloons being launched from Gaza to start fires. The fires have destroyed large areas of forest and farmland in southern Israel.
Fuel shortages in Gaza led to widespread power outages that have left 2 million people living there with just a few hours of electricity a day.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the reopening of the crossing. A U.N. spokesman said Guterres was "encouraged to see that those concerned" had answered calls to avoid the harmful effects "of yet another conflict on the civilian population in and around Gaza."
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2.Fuel shortages 燃料短缺
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4.economic blockade 经济封锁
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5.The crossing was closed July 9 in answer to rising violence between Israeli forces and the Islamic militant group Hamas.
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6.Hamas fired a series of rockets into Israel, while Israeli forces carried out many airstrikes in Gaza.
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据报道，在过去的一个月内，双方发生了激烈交火。哈马斯向以色列连番发射火箭弹，而以色列军队在加沙进行了多次空袭 。双方最近一次交战结束于一周前 。
以色列国防部长阿维格多·利伯曼（Avigdor Lieberman）称，重新开放过境点为加沙地带的人们传达出一个“明确信息”。他说，这表明“平和终有所偿，暴力皆为徒劳” 。
凯雷姆·沙格姆（Kerem Shalom）是以色列和加沙地带主要的商业通道。它是运送食物、燃料、建筑材料和向巴勒斯坦施以援助的纽带 。
以色列称，为了牵制意图摧毁以色列的哈马斯激进组织，经济封锁是必不可少的。封锁严重损害了加沙的经济 。但是，它没能驱逐哈马斯，也没能削弱该组织的势力 。
上个月，以色列停止了对加沙地带的商业运输。约两周前，以色列停止了对加沙地带的燃料运输，以回应加沙发射气球引发的火灾 。大火烧毁了以色列南部大片森林和农田 。
联合国秘书长安东尼奥·古特雷斯（Antonio Guterres）对重新开放过境点表示欢迎。联合国一名发言人称，古特雷斯“很高兴看到有关各方”响应了呼吁，避免“又一场冲突对加沙地区及周边平民造成的有害影响” 。