Ya’alon reopens Gaza crossing closed for 8 years

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has recently ordered half of all vehicle traffic that goes through the Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza to be rerouted to the Erez Crossing, sources close to the minister said on Monday.

Over 800 trucks carrying all manner of goods cross into Gaza on a daily basis.

The decision will take time to be implemented, a source stressed, adding that the opening of Erez to truck movements will decrease pressure on local southern roads, and on Kerem Shalom.

“It is our interest for large quantities of trucks carrying goods to continue to move into Gaza. We have an interest in the Gazans living with dignity, both on the human level, and it because helps safeguard quiet, alongside the security deterrence that exists,” the security source said.

The opening of Erez to vehicle traffic will dramatically decrease the levels of traffic around Kerem Shalom, shortening their route, and easing conditions on Route 232 that leads to Kerem Shalom.

Knesset Member Haim Yalin (Yesh Atid), former head of the Eshkol Regional Council, welcomed the decision, saying it would save lives.

Yalin aid some 1000 trucks pass through Route 232 en route to Kerem Shalom and Gaza on a daily basis, adding that opening Erez will significantly decrease the numbers of trucks driving on a narrow road.