Monday, 10 December, 2018

Israel Shuts Down Gaza Crossing in Response to Attacks from Hamas

13 2018 shows the gate of the Kerem Shalom crossing in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah 13 2018 shows the gate of the Kerem Shalom crossing in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah
Steven Clarke | 11 July, 2018, 22:39

The shuttered Kerem Shalom crossing is Gaza's main conduit for trade - albeit under years of Israeli restrictions.

Only "humanitarian equipment", including food and medicine, will now be allowed through Kerem Shalom.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum rebuked the move in a statement released on its website "Benjamin Netanyahu's approval of additional measures to intensify the siege and prevent the entry of materials and goods to Gaza is a new crime against humanity", the statement read.

The devices have sparked 750 fires in southern Israel, burning more than 2,600 hectares (6,400 acres) of forest and farmland and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage, Israeli officials say.

On Tuesday, the IDF stopped a Palestinian boat that attempted to breach Israel's naval blockade, which creates a six nautical mile limit off the Gazan coast beyond which Palestinian boats are prohibited from sailing.

According to the Israeli military, the naval blockade is "a necessary and legal security measure" to protect its Israeli citizens "in the face of terror and smuggling weapons".

Since Mar. 30, more than 130 Palestinians have been martyred by Israeli army gunfire - and thousands more injured - while taking part in regular demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel security fence. The blockade, which is also enforced by Egypt, has been deemed legal by the United Nations and other global bodies, though it remains hotly contested by many human rights groups.

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Israel is ramping up its crackdown on the Islamic terror group Hamas.

Israel's navy seized a boat on Tuesday that had left from a Gaza port with wounded Palestinians aboard in a bid to challenge the blockade of the Hamas-run enclave. "There will be additional steps". However, a spokesman for the network said, "The decision on the al-Quds channel is another step of terror that joins the other violent decisions Israel has taken against the Palestinian people". "Therefore, Hamas calls on the worldwide community to act immediately and prevent this crime and its risky consequences".

The Israeli non-governmental organisation Gisha, which promotes freedom of movement for Palestinians, also condemned the Israeli decision.

The Israeli army said in a statement that Kerem Shalom would remain open for the transfer of approved humanitarian goods.

The United Nations says 43,087 lorryloads of goods arrived through the crossing in the first five months of 2018.

Nearly all of the goods imported to Gaza pass through Kerem Shalom.

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