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Israel to close Kerem Shalom crossing

Sept. 27, 2018 2:57 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 28, 2018 3:01 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel announced, on Thursday, a decision to close the Kerem Shalom crossing in the besieged Gaza Strip due to the Sukkot Jewish holiday, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles.

The Israeli authorities said that the Kerem Shalom crossing, Gaza's main commercial crossing, will be closed for four consecutive days in the month of September due to the Jewish holiday.

The crossing will be closed from Friday 28th of September until Monday evening and will resume work on Tuesday 2nd 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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