Israel closes Gaza commercial crossing for Jewish holiday

A Palestinian official says Israel closes only functioning crossing on Thursday for the Jewish holiday

Israel closes Gaza commercial crossing for Jewish holiday

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Israel closed the Gaza Strip's only functioning commercial crossing, Kerem Shalom, on Thursday for the Jewish holiday of Purim, a Palestinian official said.

Mounir al-Ghalban of Gaza's border authority told "The Israeli closure would disrupt trade traffic in the strip and negatively affect the humanitarian situation in the embattled enclave,"

Blockaded by Israel – by air, land and sea – since 2007, the Gaza Strip has seven border crossings linking it to the outside world.

Six of these crossings are controlled by Israel, while a seventh – the Rafah crossing – is controlled by Egypt, which continues to keep it tightly sealed for the most part.

As it currently stands, Israeli authorities only allow the Kerem Shalom crossing – which links Gaza to both Israel and Egypt – to operate, and that for commercial purposes only.

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