Israel Suspends Fuel Deliveries to Gaza

Major General Kamil Abu Rukun, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. (Dana Shraga/Defense Ministry)

Israel announced on Sunday night that it has suspended diesel fuel and gasoline deliveries into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing on Monday while Hamas and Islamic Jihad continue to fire rockets at southern communities.

The announcement was made even as air raid sirens sounded again south of Ashkelon and in Zikim, Karmia, Nirim, Ein Hashlosha and Kissufim. No details were available yet of any rockets landing in populated areas.

“Following security deliberations held today [Sunday], the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rukun has announced that all fuel imports into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom Humanitarian Crossing will cease,” his office says in a statement.

Meanwhile, the IDF denied claims in Palestinian media that an Israeli jeep was hit by a Kornet anti-tank guided missile attack earlier in the day.

For Monday, military authorities ordered restrictions for communities in the south, within about 30 miles of the Gaza border.

All schools in the area are canceled for Monday. Workplaces in the region will only allowed open if they have access to a bomb shelter. Gatherings of more than 300 people are not allowed, including in shopping centers, the army said.

No special safety instructions were issued for the rest of the country.

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