(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

In accordance with a decision made by the political echelon and following security assessments, the Karni goods crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, operated by the Israel Airports Authority, will be reopened tomorrow morning, March 9, 2006.

The decision to open the crossing was made despite existing security alerts and after both humanitarian and security aspects were all taken into consideration. The Karni crossing was closed on February 21, 2006 following an apparent explosion near the crossing and in accordance with intelligence information.

The crossing is the main passage used by the Palestinian population for the import and export of goods. Any potential threat or attack on the crossing disrupts the Palestinian population’s daily lives. It is important to note that the Karni goods crossing has been the subject of numerous terror attacks in the past, including a combined bombing and shooting attack on January 13, 2005 in which six Israeli civilians were killed and five more were wounded.

The Karni crossing will operate at its full capacity. The status of the crossing will be subject to security assessments.