Thursday, 11 April 2013

Israel shuts sole Gaza crossing for 4th day

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities on Thursday closed the Kerem Shalom crossing for the fourth day in a row, an official said.

Raed Fattouh, a border official, told Ma’an that Israeli authorities informed the Palestinian side that the crossing would be closed for security reasons.

Israel sealed its border with the Gaza Strip on Monday after militants fired a rocket into the Negev desert on Sunday evening.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP the rocket landed in an uninhabited sector of the Negev desert.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned on Wednesday that his country would respond to any attacks on its territory and not allow its people to come under fire.

MP Jamal al-Khodri condemned the border closure as an attempt to tighten the siege and collapse the Palestinian economy. more