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Israel reopens Gaza border, contingent on improved security

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Israel has reopened its border with the Gaza Strip to allow the entry of workers and traders following a slight easing of the security situation.

The Eres border crossing was closed on Sunday after several rocket attacks fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza.

The Israeli authorities stressed late on Monday that the reopening of the crossing remained contingent on the security situation.

Normally, some 12,000 Palestinians cross into Israel from the Gaza Strip every day for work.

Militant Palestinians fired rockets from the Gaza Strip towards Israel late on Saturday for the first time this year.

On Friday, there had been fresh skirmishes between Palestinians and the Israeli security forces on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.

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The calming of the security situation was, however, left in doubt when a Palestinian man was shot and killed during an Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank late on Monday.

The 20-year-old was hit in the head by live ammunition near Jericho, the Ministry of Health in Ramallah announced on Tuesday.

Two other Palestinians were injured by live ammunition during confrontations with Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli army said dozens of Palestinians attacked soldiers undertaking counterterrorism operations in the West Bank.

The Palestinians allegedly burnt tyres and threw stones and incendiary bottles at the soldiers, who opened fire in response.

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