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Israel closes Karm Abu Salem and Erez crossings as Gaza tensions spike

Monday 25/March/2019 - 01:48 PM
Erez، Karm Abu Salem
Erez، Karm Abu Salem crossings
Edited by Hassnein Tayea
Israel decided to close Erez، Karm Abu Salem crossings in wake of the rocket launched at Tel Aviv earlier today.

This comes in response to a long-range rocket launched earlier today from the Gaza Strip struck a house in central Israel on Monday، wounding seven people in the first such incident since a 2014 war in the Palestinian enclave.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also decided to shorten his visit to the U.S. and return promptly after meeting with President Donald Trump Monday morning.

The early morning attack on Mishmeret، an agricultural town north of Tel Aviv، came at a time of high tension ahead of the anniversary of Gaza border protests at the weekend، and with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting Washington as he campaigns for a fifth term in an April 9 ballot.
Netanyahu said that Israel "will respond forcefully" to the attack from Gaza and that he was returning "to manage our operations up close."

Israel’s commercial capital and outlying communities had last come under such an attack during the 2014 war with Palestinian movement of Hamas.

The strike came minutes after the Israeli military activated air raid sirens in the area and said one rocket had been launched out of the Gaza Strip، a coastal territory 50 miles (80 km) away where Hamas and other factions possess such weapons.

Emmanuel Nahshon، spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry، said the home in Mishmeret was hit by a rocket from Gaza.

There was no immediate Palestinian confirmation.

Two rockets were launched at Tel Aviv on March 14 but caused no casualties or damage، Israel said.

It blamed the rocket launches on Hamas، though a security official who declined to be identified by name or nationality later said that the salvo، which missed any built-up areas، had been set off by accident.




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