Israel closes key Gaza crossing

Israel sealed off the vital Karni cargo crossing between Gaza and Israel on Tuesday, less than a week after reopening it in the wake of a two-week closure, citing unspecified security warnings .

Movement of goods from Gaza to Israel had been stopped previously due to fear of Palestinian attacks but shipments from Israel into Gaza, were renewed last Thursday on what Israel said were humanitarian grounds. The latest shutdown brings all activity to a halt.

Israeli security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were unauthorized to make an official statement, said the latest shutdown would continue until further notice, subject to daily re-evaluation.

Karni is critical for the Palestinian economy because it is the only conduit for Palestinian exports, and the main gateway for goods entering Gaza. Its repeated closure has caused hardships for ordinary Palestinians, who reported food shortages, as well as for farmers and merchants, reports the AP.


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