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Israel Reopens Egypt-Gaza Border Crossing


Israel has re-opened the border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, that had been closed for several weeks.

The Rafah crossing, which is the main exit and entrance point for Gaza Palestinians traveling abroad, was closed after a militant attack on a nearby Israeli army post in December, that killed five Israeli soldiers.

Meanwhile, top Israeli and Palestinian security officials met to discuss a plan for Israel to hand over security control of several West Bank towns to the Palestinian Authority. But there was no immediate announcement of an agreement after the talks ended early Tuesday.

The meeting came hours after Palestinians say Israeli military gunfire killed a schoolgirl in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants retaliated by firing mortars at a nearby Jewish settlement. But there were no reports of injuries.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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