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Lieberman bans entry of fuel, gas into besieged Gaza

Aug. 2, 2018 9:49 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 3:55 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, issued an order banning the entry of fuel and gas into the besieged Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing from Thursday morning.

Lieberman's order followed the continued noticeable launching of incendiary kites and explosive balloons from Gaza towards the Gaza-Israel border communities.

Although, the Kerem Shalom crossing was recently partially reopened after it had been closed for about a week, Lieberman announced that the reopening would depend on the reduction of launched incendiary objects from Gaza.

The partial reopening included allowing food, medicine, fuel and gas to enter the Gaza Strip.

Prior to that, the one-week closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing, which is Gaza's main commercial crossing, came after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to impose severe economic sanctions on the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu's decision came after four consecutive months of launching incendiary kites and explosive balloons from Gaza into southern Israel, which scorched thousands of acres of land along the borders.

The decision included the temporary suspension of imports and exports with the exception of basic humanitarian supplies through the Kerem Shalom crossing, and the reduction of the allowed fishing zone from six to three nautical miles.

Palestinians in Gaza view the incendiary kites as a form of protest against Israel's nearly 12-year blockade of Gaza and for Palestinian refugees right of return to their homes and lands which are now known as Israel.
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