Israel Cuts Off Gas Supply to Gaza

Food and medicine can still enter, but Israel tightens closure in response to Hamas violation of ceasefire

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Israel on Monday announced that it was closing the Gaza Strip's Kerem Shalom border crossing to all gasoline imports. Food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies would continue to be permitted through the crossing.

The move was in response to a violation of the ceasefire by the Palestinian terror groups operating in Gaza when they fired a rocket toward southern Israel.

"Due to continuing attempts by Hamas to carry out terrorist attacks, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, after consultation with the IDF chief of staff, decided to halt the transfer of gasoline via Kerem Shalom until next Sunday," read a statement released by the Defense Ministry.

Israel also decided to reduce the Gaza fishing zone from six to just three nautical miles.

Hamas responded by accusing Israel of unjustifiably oppressing the Palestinians of Gaza. "The Israeli sanctions further intensify the seize of Gaza and represent crimes against our people. The world must not remain silent in the face of these crimes against humanity," read a Hamas statement.

At the same time, Egypt announced that it would close the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Sinai. It claimed this was being done due to "technical problems," and had nothing to do with the Israeli closure.

PHOTO: Trucks passing through the Kerem Shalom crossing. (Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90)

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