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Israel closes Gaza border blocking aid transfers

March 5, 2019 at 11:57 am

Palestinians wait in line to fill their gas canisters in Gaza on 17 September 2017 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

Israel today closed Gaza’s main commercial crossing to all good except fuel, local sources reported.

Israel has increased its targeting of the besieged Gaza Strip over the past few days, striking sites in the enclave causing damage to property.

It claims the closure of the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) crossing is in response what it calls incendiary balloons which exploded in the air and caused no damage to Israel yesterday.

Occupation forces regularly block access to the Gaza crossings as a means of controlling the Palestinian population. In July Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Kerem Shalom would be closed if kite and balloon launchers continued with their activity.

Gaza ran out of cooking gas as a result of the Israeli closure of the crossing days later.

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