Israel has allowed trucks carrying humanitarian aid to enter Gaza Friday morning, despite continued mortar fire on Israel's southern communities.
The army said the first of an expected 40 trucks have started to deliver medicine, fuel, cooking gas and other vital goods on Friday to Gaza. Israel's Defense Ministry agreed to open the three main cargo crossings into Gaza as part of its policy of avoiding a humanitarian crisis there.
The aid was transferred through the Kerem Shalom, Nahal Oz and Karni crossings. Palestinian workers at the Gaza fuel terminal said that a limited shipment of fuel has been delivered to the main power station in the Strip.
The move comes ahead of an expected Israeli incursion into Gaza to stop rocket launchings from the coastal strip.
The crossings into Gaza were scheduled to be opened earlier in the week but were shut after Gaza militants bombarded Israel with the heaviest barrage of rocket fire since before an Egyptian-mediated truce took effect in June.