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Israel Reopens Gaza Crossing for Palestinian Workers After Two-Week Closure

Israel has reopened the Erez Crossing, the main pedestrian crossing between Gaza and Israel, after closing it for two weeks. The closure during the Jewish New Year holiday was attributed to security concerns. The crossing has been reopened to allow approximately 18,000 Palestinian workers from Gaza, who hold permits from Israeli authorities, to enter Israel for work.

This move is expected to bring much-needed funds into the Gaza Strip’s economy, which has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since 2007. The Office of the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced the reopening and noted that it will remain open depending on the security situation.