Israel to reopen Gaza crossings after rocket attack

Israel Materials 28 August 2008 00:19 (UTC +04:00)

Israel will reopen its borders with the Gaza Strip two days after it closed crossings with the Hamas-controlled territory in response to cross-border rocket attacks, Israel's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry said in a statement that Defence Minister Ehud Barak ordered the crossings to be reopened on Thursday.

Israel said it had shut its borders after Gaza militants fired two rockets into Israel on Monday, causing no damage or casualties.

Israel and the Islamist group Hamas signed a ceasefire in June that has largely calmed border violence, but rockets are still occasionally fired into Israel. Israel usually responds by shutting crossings the following day.

Palestinians say such border closures amount to collective punishment of the population for the actions of militants, Reuters reported.