Israel has reopened its borders with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, giving
a boost to a fragile truce. Robert Berger reports from the VOA bureau
Israel reopened border crossings into the Gaza
Strip, after closing them last week in response to a Palestinian rocket
attack. A gradual opening of the borders is part of a ceasefire
reached last month between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas
which rules Gaza.
But periodic Palestinian rocket attacks have
threatened to derail the truce. Israel shut the Gaza crossings
Thursday after the Islamic Jihad fired a rocket across the border in
response to the Israeli army's killing of one of the group's leaders in
the West Bank. The truce does not apply to the West Bank, where the
Israeli army conducts frequent raids against militants.
On Sunday, about 80 trucks carrying food, fuel and cement crossed into Gaza.
Israeli spokesman Mark Regev.
"Israel wants to see this ceasefire succeed and we will make every effort for that to happen," Regev said.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri says that under the truce, Israel should increase the flow of supplies into Gaza.
"We call on the Israeli army to abide by the agreement and to translate it on the ground," Abu Zuhri said.
says the ball is in Hamas' court: if there is no rocket fire, the
border crossings will remain open. But the question remains whether
Hamas is willing or able to exert its authority over other militant