Hamas Fires Rocket, Israel Closes Gaza

Sunday, November 02, 2014 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel on Saturday closed its two borders crossings with Gaza after terrorists operating out of the volatile coastal enclave fired a missile at the Jewish state a day earlier.

The rocket fired into southern Israel on Friday afternoon did not cause any injuries or damage, but marked the first clear violation of a ceasefire that brought to an end the 50-day armed conflict that raged in the area over the summer months.

That breach notwithstanding, Hamas officials reacted by accusing Israel of violating the ceasefire by closing the Erez and Keren Shalom border crossings.

Egypt has also closed the border crossing between Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula as it creates a new buffer zone to thwart future attacks by those using the Hamas-ruled territory as haven. Dozens of Egyptian soldiers and police have been killed in recent weeks while combatting Islamists in Sinai and along the Gaza border.

The rocket fire and the border crossings raised new fears that full-scale military conflict in and around Gaza could resume.

PHOTO: A guard closes the gate on the Palestinian side of the Gaza-Sinai border.

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