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Israel to close Kerem Shalom crossing، stopping food، fuel transfers

Monday 16/July/2018 - 10:23 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Israel announced Monday evening that it is closing the Kerem Shalom crossing، cutting off fuel and food supplies to the Gaza Strip، but allowing medicines to pass through after a ceasefire agreement was violated earlier in the afternoon when a rocket was fired into southern Israel، as Ynet said.
Last Monday، Israel said it was closing the Kerem Shalom crossing، Gaza’s main commercial crossing، and limiting the Palestinian coastal enclave's fishing zone in a crackdown targeting the Hamas.
A rocket launched from Gaza landed in open space in south Israel on Monday evening، despite a Sunday announcement from Hamas and Islamic Jihad that a ceasefire had been reached with Israel after the region witnessed a major flare-up over the weekend.
Local residents reported hearing an explosion after a Code Red alert blared in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council at 5:36pm.
The rocket launch came shortly after the IDF confirmed Palestinian reports that it had attacked two observation posts in Beit Hanoun and Jabalia on Monday afternoon located near areas from which Palestinians had flown incendiary balloons earlier in the day.
According to the IDF، the attack was carried out in response to the kite and balloon terror led by Hamas against Israeli civilians and against Israeli sovereignty.
Throughout the day، firefighters were once again called to Israeli Gaza-border communities on as flames incinerated more landscape at the Karmiya Reserve between Kibbutz Karmiya and Kibbutz Yad Mordechai.
The firefighters in the area were assisted by three planes. A thick blanket of smoke caused by the fires covered the areas around the kibbutzim and near Zikim and Moshav Netiv HaAsara، while residents complaining that it was difficult to breath were advised to stay in their homes and close the windows until further notice.

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