Days of Palestine

Friday, January 27

Israel seals off Gaza crossings

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Israeli occupation authorities to seal off crossings with besieged Gaza Strip during in September and October, Palestinian Authority said on Thursday. Director General of the Public Administration of the Crossing Points and Borders Committee in Gaza Nazmi Muhanna said that Karm Abu-Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing is going to be fully closed from 20-23 September. Karm Abu-Salem is the only operating commercial crossing through which Israel drops few amounts of the needed commodities to Gaza residents.

The statement also said that the Israeli occupation authorities will open the crossing on 24 September only to close it once again on 29-30 September. He did not give details about the planned closures in October or the closure of Eretz Crossing, the only passage for people in Gaza. Al-Karama (Allenby) Border Crossing will also be affected by the Jewish holidays which will see it reduce its hours of operation, Muhanna said. It provides the only access from the occupied West Bank to Jordan; Israeli occupation forces control the crossing.