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Israel reopens Gaza border crossing

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Israel reopened a goods crossing into the Gaza Strip on Friday, officials said, after closing it several days earlier in response to rocket fire from the besieged Palestinian enclave.

“Kerem Shalom crossing was reopened this morning,” said Guy Inbar, spokesman for the Israeli defense ministry unit responsible for all civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories.

The crossing “doesn't normally function on Friday but we opened it especially to allow the transport of goods blocked since its closure on Monday,” he added.

The U.N. expressed “serious concern” on Wednesday at the impact of Israeli restrictions on the transfer of goods to civilian populations, particularly the Kerem Shalom closure.

“These measures are resulting in the depletion of... essential supplies, including basic foodstuffs and cooking gas, and undermine the livelihoods and rights of many vulnerable Gazan families,” U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian territories James W Rawley said in a statement.

Israel shut a crossing with Gaza after rockets were fired from the Hamas-ruled territory earlier in the week at the Jewish state on the day it commemorated the Holocaust.

The military said it closed the Kerem Shalom terminal and another crossing would be open for humanitarian cases only.

A rocket fired from Gaza crashed into southern Israel on Sunday, as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. It struck an uninhabited part of the Negev desert, causing no damage or casualties.