The Israeli occupation has opened its pedestrian crossing to the Gaza Strip after shutting it about a week ago in response to violence along the separation fence.
There are three crossings to the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory that has been under an Israeli blockade for the last decade.
Besides Erez, there is the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing which is used for goods; and the Rafah crossing which is controlled by Egypt.
Gaza has experienced months of unrest on the separation fence with Israel, including protests that have led to the deaths of about 170 Palestinians from Israeli gunfire. One Israeli soldier has been killed.
The protesters are demanding an end to the blockade and the right to return to their former family homes in “Occupied Palestine”.
Egypt is currently acting as a mediator in talks between Hamas and the Israelis in order to find a peaceful solution to the current violence in Gaza.