Jerusalem — On Wednesday, Israel said it would allow commercial goods back into the Gaza Strip if the border remained quiet, lifting a ban imposed in July in response to incendiary balloons launched by Palestinians across the frontier. The decision, announced on Tuesday, coincided with Egyptian efforts to achieve a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian enclave’s dominant armed faction. "If the calm that has prevailed since the beginning of the week will be maintained until tomorrow morning, the Kerem Shalom crossing will open tomorrow at 9am and the fishing limit will be increased to [14.5km] from the shore," the Israeli defence ministry said. Palestinian officials who co-ordinate with Israel on supplies to the Gaza Strip said all commercial goods that had been allowed through Kerem Shalom prior to the July 9 ban could again be brought into the territory of two-million people. Izzat Risheq, a Hamas official, said Palestinian factions were due to meet in Cairo...

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