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Kerem Shalom crossing to close for holidays

Sept. 2, 2018 2:17 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 3, 2018 11:03 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel announced on Sunday a decision to close the Kerem Shalom crossing in the besieged Gaza Strip due to the upcoming Jewish holidays.

Israeli authorities said that the Kerem Shalom crossing, Gaza’s main commercial crossing, will be closed for seven non-consecutive days in the month of September due to Jewish holidays.

The crossing will be closed on the 9th and 10th of September and will resume work on the 11th. However, on the 18th and 19th of September the crossing will close, following another closure on the 23rd, 24th, and 30th.

The crossing will also be closed on the 1st of October.

There are three crossings into the Gaza Strip; two are controlled by Israel and one by Egypt. The Gaza-Israel crossings are the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, that is specifically for pedestrians, and Kerem Shalom in the southern Gaza Strip for the entry of goods and fuel. The Gaza-Egypt crossing is the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, but is often closed and lacks infrastructure for it to be a main commercial crossing.

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