Israel closes crossings for goods to Gaza
Israel has closed three Gaza border crossings for commercial goods in retaliation for a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory in violation of a truce, a military spokesman says.Updated: Jul 01, 2008 15:58 IST
Israel kept closed on Tuesday three Gaza border crossings for commercial goods in retaliation for a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory in violation of a truce, a military spokesman said.
"The Sufa, Karni and Nahal Oz crossing points will remain closed Tuesday until a further order in reaction to a rocket fired on Monday evening," said Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner.
"We'll review the situation at the end of the day and then take a decision," he added.
A rocket fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip late on Monday landed in a field in southern Israel and did not cause any casualties or damage, according to police sources.
Several rockets and mortar rounds have been fired from Gaza since the truce between Israel and Hamas went into effect on June 19.
Under the Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement, Gaza militants were to halt rocket and mortar fire and Israeli troops to end military strikes against the impoverished territory. Israel is also supposed to gradually lift its blockade of the territory.
Israel allowed the Sufa terminal to reopen on Sunday after closing it on Wednesday due to rocket fire from Islamic Jihad militants.
The Karni crossing, the largest goods transit point, was kept mostly closed on Sunday.