Israel says it will ease its blockade of Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement following a meeting of the Israeli Security Cabinet Sunday.
The announcement comes three weeks after Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza aid flotilla.
Israel says it will allow civilian goods to enter Gaza, but military equipment and weapons are still banned. Its naval blockade of Gaza remains in place.
The U.S. welcomed the new policy, saying in a statement it will improve conditions for Palestinians in Gaza while preventing the entry of weapons.
A member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization executive committee said the move is, in part, a reaction to international pressure and "does not meet the minimal needs of the people of Gaza to live in dignity."
Special Middle East Envoy and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was in Jerusalem working to ease the blockade. He says he looks forward to working with the Government of Israel and other partners to implement the new Gaza policy
Moments after the announcement, Mr. Blair spoke with CNN's Fredricka Whitfield in an extended interview.