Israel is set to begin easing restrictions in place on the Gaza Strip on Friday, in a test of the fragile calm on the border a week after a deadly escalation that nearly brought the sides to the brink of an all-out war.
A statement from COGAT, the defense ministry liaison responsible for affairs in the Palestinian territories, said that a 12-nautical mile fishing zone off Gaza’s coast would be re-opened Friday.
Border crossings in and out of the Strip were re-opened at midnight, at the end of Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day. Such closures are standard around Israeli public holidays.
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