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‘Deliberate and Continuous’ Hamas Rocket Fire Forces Closure of Gaza Crossing (VIDEO)

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Gaza rockets shot at Israel's southern communities. Photo: Twitter.

Israel’s Defense Ministry announced late Sunday that the Kerem Shalom crossing point with Gaza would be closed until further notice in the wake of what officials called “deliberate and continuous rocket fire” at the facility, which transfers hundreds of tons of goods into Gaza daily.

“Starting at 06:00 … several rockets were intentionally fired at Kerem Shalom, hitting working areas at the crossing. Despite this, the transfer of goods continued until the afternoon hours; over 30 trucks laden with humanitarian equipment entered the Gaza Strip,” the ministry said in a statement.

“At approximately 12:30, an additional barrage of rockets was fired, directly hitting the crossing compound. It was decided not to endanger the workers at the site and to halt the transfer of goods until further notice,” according to the ministry, which provided security camera footage of what appear to be mortar shells slamming down in a truck parking area and nearby.

“Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, the Kerem Shalom Crossing has facilitated the passage of thousands of trucks laden with medical and hygiene equipment, food products, raw materials, textiles, animal food, cleaning materials and home utensils, as well as gas and fuels. The transfer of goods has been carried out in order to render humanitarian assistance to civilians living in the Gaza Strip,” the ministry said.

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