Israel Shuts Down Gaza Crossing in Response to Attacks from Hamas

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Gaza blockade: Israel shuts goods crossings to pressure Hamas

Israel has chose to close the Kerem Shalom commercial border crossing with Gaza due to "launching of incendiary kites and other terrorist attempts", said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli military issued its own separate statement, saying that Kerem Shalom would remain open to a limit amount of humanitarian aid during the cosure.

"The damage being caused to agricultural lands in Israel is grave and deplorable, but collectively punishing almost two million people in Gaza by closing its only official crossing for the movement of goods is both illegal and morally depraved", it wrote on Twitter.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the closure of the crossing will be followed by additional measures. It also said Gaza's fishing zone would revert to 11 km (6 miles) after it was temporarily expanded to 17 km (9 miles).

Israeli authorities say the hundreds of arson kites and balloons sent over the border fence from Gaza have caused major damage to farms in the area.

The Palestinians began launching the kites and balloons as part of weekly border protests partly aimed at lifting the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed on Gaza more than 10 years ago.

Israel deems the protests a bid by Hamas to deflect scrutiny from Gaza's governance problems and provide cover for armed border attacks.

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Among the passengers were four people said to have been wounded by Israeli soldiers during recent riots along the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip.

The move, which will come into effect on Tuesday, will only allow for the transfer of humanitarian needs such as cooking gas as well as wheat and flour into the Strip, an official responsible for coordinating the movement of cargo through the border confirmed from Gaza.

Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch's Israel-Palestine director, said the economic measure by Israel was an act of "collective punishment".

The first flotilla had set sail from waters off Gaza on May 29, carrying Palestinian patients-mostly those injured during the Tel Aviv regime's military crackdown on weeks-long rallies against Israel's occupation. "There will be additional steps".

The unit added that Israel's decision is not a solution and that Israel will be defeated by the people of Gaza. Facing global censure, Israel says its lethal force has been needed to prevent armed infiltrations.

Mahmud Abu Ataya, 25, who recently suffered a leg wound east of Gaza City, said: "I am leaving to be cared for overseas".

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