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Kerem Shalom Crossing, Israel side, 2008

The Kerem Shalom Crossing will be closed on the Israel side of the border for maintenance work this coming Thursday, according to an announcement by the Defense Ministry.

Food stuffs and other items are delivered to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom Crossing, which serves as the sole commercial terminal for the enclave.

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Between April 11 and April 18, 53,463 tons of goods on 1,843 trucks entered Gaza from Israel via the Kerem Shalom Crossing, according to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, COGAT.

The Defense Ministry said the crossing will reopen next Sunday.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.