Israel Closes Kerem Shalom Crossing

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel will close the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Gaza to gas and fuel shipments, by order of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, according to media reports on Monday night.

The decision was made in conjunction with IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Eisenkot as a punitive measure “in view of the ongoing terror activities of the Hamas terror organization.”

The closure is slated to take effect on Tuesday morning and last until Sunday.

Food and medical supplies will continue to be allowed into the Hamas-run enclave, subject to supervision by Israeli authorities. The new restrictions were expected to substantially affect the flow of food and medicines.

Also on Monday night, Egypt announced the closure of the Rafah crossing.

Egypt cited a technical malfunction for the closure, according to sources in Gaza.