(Communicated by teh IDF Spokesman and the Israel Ports Authority)

Following security assessments and the rebuilding of the Karni Crossing, the crossing will be reopened today, February 7, 2005, for the passage of agricultural merchandise and humanitarian aid. The reopening of the crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip, was made possible after it was rebuilt according to security measures that would ensure the safety of the crossing and its workers.

Due to the murderous attack carried out by Palestinian terrorists in which six Israeli civilians were murdered and five wounded at the Karni crossing on January 13, 2005, the crossing was closed.

The Karni Crossing has been reopened as part of a series of measures taken to ease restrictions on the Palestinian civilian population. In the same vein, the Rafah Terminal was fully reopened for entry and exit of Palestinians on February 1, 2005. The Rafah Terminal had been closed on December 12, 2004, after Palestinian gunmen carried out a coordinated attack at an IDF post securing the Rafah Terminal, killing five IDF soldiers and wounding five others.

While the Karni crossing was closed, the transport of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip was allowed through the Sufa crossing, located in southern Gaza Strip.