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Israel closes Gaza fishing waters as assaults in Jerusalem increase

The Israeli government has banned Palestinian fishermen from working off the coast of Gaza

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday completely sealed off Gaza's fishing waters and closed the commercial crossings until a further notice.

Security sources in Gaza also said that the occupation authorities closed Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing with Israel.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health condemned the closure of Beit Hanoun Crossing because the ministry will be unable to move patients suffering from critical medical conditions to hospitals in the West Bank, Jerusalem, or Jordan.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said that scores of patients in critical conditions were scheduled to leave through Beit Hanoun Crossing in the coming days, pointing out that the closure puts their lives at stake.

Yesterday evening, the Israeli security cabinet approved a widescale aerial military operation in Gaza to stop the Palestinian resistance from supporting the oppressed Palestinian worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian families of Sheikh Jarrah who are being threatened with expulsion from their homes.

Some 23 Palestinians, including nine children and a woman, have been killed in the strikes.

READ: 90% of Gaza fishermen live below poverty line

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