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  • Israel tightens blockade on Gaza by closing the Kerem Shalom crossing to the strip.

    Israel tightens blockade on Gaza by closing the Kerem Shalom crossing to the strip. | Photo: Reuters FILE

Published 17 July 2018

"The Israeli occupation’s closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing and depriving Gaza from the most simple necessities of life is a crime against humanity,” said the Hamas statement.

Israel has closed the Kerem Shalom crossing to any gas and fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip. The crossing was already closed to most merchandises, but fuel, food and medicine that have explicit Israeli permissions were exempt.

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Moreover, the fishing zone in the Gaza Strip has been reduced to 3 nautical miles, half of what it was. These measures were taken by the Israeli government "due to continued attempts to carry out terror by the Hamas terror organization," according to a statement by the Israeli Defense Ministry.

“Food and medicine will continue to be transferred and will be approved on an individual basis. Moreover, it has been decided to narrow the fishing zone in the Gaza Strip from a range of six nautical miles to three nautical miles,” the statement said.

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas replied to Israel's action with a statement posted on the official website of the organization.

“The Israeli occupation’s closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing and depriving Gaza from the most simple necessities of life is a crime against humanity that will be added to its list of crimes at the expense of the Palestinian people including those living in the Strip,” said the statement.

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The statement said that “these vengeful measures reflect the degree of the oppression and the ugliness of the crime that Gaza is facing, that will have dangerous consequences for which the occupation will bear full responsibility." 

Additionally, the Egyptian government announced the temporary closure of the Rafah crossing, due to technical problems. The announcement emphasized that the malfunction was on their side and that the closure will be only temporary.


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