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Israel opened on Friday two border crossings
Israel opened on Friday two border crossings with Gaza to let humanitarian aid into the coastal enclave, a source in the Palestinian border coordination department said.

Despite ongoing mortar fire from the territory, Israel opened two of its main cargo crossings in order to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the impoverished region. A dozen mortar shells landed in the western Negev on Thursday night, causing no casualties but damaging an abandoned building.

Some 40 trucks with basic foodstuffs and medical supplies, provided mainly by Egypt and the United Nations, were let through the Kerem Shalom checkpoint in southern Gaza, while another 40 trucks with grain and animal feed entered Gaza through the Karni crossing for commercial goods, in the eastern part of Gaza City.

The source could not confirm the opening of the Nahal Oz checkpoint, through which household gas and fuel supplies to Gaza's sole power plant are delivered.

The humanitarian shipment, the first since December 16, had been expected to enter Gaza on Wednesday, but the delivery was canceled due to intensified mortar fire from Gaza.

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