Gaza blockade: Israel shuts goods crossings to pressure Hamas

  • Gaza blockade: Israel shuts goods crossings to pressure Hamas

Gaza blockade: Israel shuts goods crossings to pressure Hamas

Israel has made a decision to close the Kerem Shalom commercial border crossing with Gaza due to "launching of incendiary kites and other terrorist attempts", said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The crossing, known as Kerem Shalom, is to remain closed until further notice.

In June previous year Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his intention to close the Jerusalem-bureau of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news network accusing it of incitement and propaganda.

Israel allowed for a slight expansion of the fishing zone limit from six to nine nautical miles three months ago.

Wildfires have razed 7,000 acres of forests and farmland, Israel says.

Most recently, Quds-TV released footage of Israeli soldiers shooting and then dragging the bodies of Palestinian protesters near the border fence in Gaza - footage that directly contradicted the Israeli military's claims that the young men had tried to cross the border fence and that is why they were shot.

Israeli fire has killed over 130 Palestinians at the protests.

"No exports or marketing of goods will be carried out from the Gaza Strip".

"The arbitrary closure of the crossing would double the population's suffering", he added.

Hundreds of women arrived at the Israeli-Gaza border on Tuesday to join the female version of the Great March of Return, denouncing Israeli occupation of the enclave.

"The Israeli side officially informed us that the shipment of goods and all kinds of products are banned except for food, medical aid, wheat, livestock and fuel", said Fattouh. "There will be additional steps".

The Israeli government today issued a statement announcing a new crackdown on the Gaza Strip.

The group, which governs the enclave, described Monday's measure as a "crime against the people of Gaza", blaming the global community's prolonged silence that encourages Israel's blockade on Gaza.

Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch's Israel-Palestine director, said the economic measure by Israel was an act of "collective punishment". At least 145 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

In recent weeks, Palestinians in Gaza have been protesting against the naval, aerial and land blockade imposed by Israel and neighboring Egypt since 2006.

"International and regional silence for the crime of the suffocating siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for (nearly) 12 years has encouraged the Israeli enemy to carry on with its criminal measures that violate human rights and global laws", Barhum added.