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Israel closes Kerem Shalom, Erez border crossings

March 25, 2019 11:36 A.M. (Updated: March 26, 2019 12:09 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities decided to close Kerem Shalom, Gaza’s main commercial crossing, on Monday.

Raed Fattouh, an official responsible for the entry of goods into Gaza, confirmed that Israeli border authorities informed him regarding the closure.

Fattouh said that the crossing would be closed until further notice.

Israeli authorities also decided to close the Erez (Beit Hanoun) crossing, in northern Gaza.

The closure of the two border crossings came after a Gaza rocket struck an Israeli house, north of Tel Aviv City, in central Israel, injuring seven Israelis.

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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