Report: Palestinians to Leave Gaza via Kerem Shalom Crossing for First Time Since War Began

By Yoni Weiss

Israeli security forces guard at the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Israel. (Erik Marmor/Flash90)

Palestinian news outlets reported on Monday that Palestinians will be able to leave the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing for the first time since the war began.

The crossing will be permitted following a security check and coordination with Civil Administration personnel to prevent the escape of wanted persons and terrorists. Sources in the Southern Command confirmed these announcements, stating that this initial move is designed to allow Palestinian patients to travel abroad for medical treatment in coordination with Egypt.

Additionally, holders of special permits with humanitarian needs will be able to leave. Approximately two months ago, Division 162 took control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing, halting the entry and exit of goods and citizens through the transition.

Before the 162nd Division’s ground maneuver to Rafah and the takeover of the Philadelphi Corridor and smuggling tunnels, there were reports in the Gaza Strip of the possibility of crossing to Sinai with the help of smugglers for thousands of dollars per person. Army officials estimate that this smuggling was feasible due to the lack of IDF control over the Rafah and Philadelphi areas at that time.

Sources told Walla! News that there will be no opposition within the security system to the departure of Palestinians, provided there are appropriate security checks and limits on the number of people leaving.

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