Israel reopens Gaza crossings after Hamas escalation


Greenblatt also spoke Thursday at a United Nations meeting meant to condemn Israeli military's action during the latest round of cross-border fighting in Gaza, which left four Israeli civilians dead.

The Trump administration is expected to roll out the long-awaited plan, possibly as early as next month, but the Palestinians have already rejected it as heavily biased in favor of Israel.

Both the Erez crossing for passengers and Karm Abu Salem crossing for goods were opened and are now operating in accordance with the previously established mechanisms and timelines.

Abdullah Abd al-Aal, 24, was shot in the stomach on Friday near the fence east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Gaza's health ministry said, in the first protests there since a deadly flare-up last week, Al Jazeera reported.

Since March 30 a year ago, the Palestinians in Gaza have been holding weekly rallies to demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland by Israeli aggression and an end to the Israeli siege on the enclave.

He called the council's "obsessive" focus on Israeli settlements a "farce", saying settlements aren't hindering peace, and said the council should condemn Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad for firing hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza.

Over three days, 25 Palestinians were killed along with four Israelis.

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The latest deaths come amid protests following the worst fighting seen in Gaza since the war in 2014.

On Friday, the Israeli authorities allowed Gaza fishermen to resume fishing after a week-long hiatus in the wake of military escalation between Israel and Gaza-based resistance factions.

Reportedly, Egypt and Qatar have mediated this truce.

He asserted that the PA does not expect U.S. officials to offer anything important, because the "important things they have offered are all against us".

The Palestinians have dismissed U.S. efforts since President Donald Trump decided in 2017 to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and declare Jerusalem Israel's capital.

"When the United States, prior to announcing its plan, recognises Jerusalem as the so-called "capital of Israel" and claims they are entitled to take such a sovereign decision that is in blatant violation of worldwide law and UN Security Council resolutions and pretend it has no implications on peace, it is not possible to have faith in such efforts", Maliki said.