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World Israel to close Gaza border

20:50  14 december  2017
20:50  14 december  2017 Source:   cnn.com

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The Israeli military said it will close border crossings into Gaza beginning Thursday until further notice "due to the security events and in accordance with security assessments.".

Since Monday, Gaza ''s only border crossing with Israel for goods is closed . SOUNDBITE 1 - Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesman (man, Arabic, 14 sec):"The decision of the occupation government to close the Gaza border crossings to stop the arrival of goods is an Israeli crime that is added to the

Palestinians look at the damage at a Hamas military facility early on December 9, 2017, in the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip.Israel aircraft attacked Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip late on December 8 in response to rocket attacks, the Israeli army said. It was the second night of rocket fire since US President Donald Trump's statement on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS: Palestinians look at the damage at a Hamas military facility early on December 9, 2017, in the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. Israel aircraft attacked Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip late on December 8 in response to rocket attacks, the Israeli army said. It was the second night of rocket fire since US President Donald Trump's statement on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS © MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images Palestinians look at the damage at a Hamas military facility early on December 9, 2017, in the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. Israel aircraft attacked Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip late on December 8 in response to rocket attacks, the Israeli army said. It was the second night of rocket fire since US President Donald Trump's statement on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

The Israeli military said it will close border crossings into Gaza beginning Thursday until further notice "due to the security events and in accordance with security assessments."

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Palestinian supply tunnels close to the Rafah border crossing bore the brunt of the destruction. Since the ceasefire Israeli troops moved into the West Bank and made a swathe of arrests. The IDF say the move was related to recent terrorist activity in Judea and Samaria.

Israel closed the Baz border crossing Sunday as Egyptian mediators worked to broker a cease-fire. Israel and Egypt placed severe economic restrictions on Gaza after Hamas seized the coastal territory in 2007 from the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.

The crossings being closed, Kerem Shalom and Erez, are the only two on the Israeli border left. Israel has closed border crossings when tensions are high, some which have not been reopened to date. The territory is also under a naval blockade by the Israeli navy.

Kerem Shalom is the crossing point where goods and supplies are brought into Gaza; Erez is the point where people cross. Shutting the two points effectively cuts off Gaza from the rest of the world by land, save for its small Egyptian border, which is generally closed. The territory is also under a naval blockade by the Israeli navy.

The situation in the region has become increasingly heated since US President Donald Trump announced last week the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will eventually move its embassy to the holy city.

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Israel has closed border crossings when tensions are high, some which have not been reopened to date. The territory is also under a naval blockade Kerem Shalom is the crossing point where goods and supplies are brought into Gaza ; Erez is the point where people cross. Shutting the two points

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel closed a main border crossing with the Gaza Strip and destroyed a Hamas militant tunnel on Saturday, a day after renewed violence between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces on the edge of the coastal enclave.

Jerusalem's status is a fraught issue that many leaders have avoided. The United Nations partition plan, drawn up in 1947, envisioned the city neither as part of an Arab nor a Jewish state, but instead run separately under an international regime.

Trump's move drew the ire of leaders from across the world, many of whom are concerned it could be the final nail in the coffin of the two-state solution and could provide recruiting fodder to radicals.

"We shall not accept any role for the United States in the peace process," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit Wednesday. "They've proven their full bias in favor of Israel."

Deadly protests broke out in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem following Trump's announcement. There has also been an increase in the number of rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel.

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Israel is planning to close Kerem Shalom border crossing with the Gaza Strip after it was damaged, Reuters reported Saturday. The destruction is reportedly connected with border violence, erupted amid numerous attempts by Palestinians to break through the security fence.

Palestinian children ride bikes near the border with Israel on the outskirts of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, as they take part in a cycling race demanding a 'Right of Return' for millions to Israel on March 26, 2018.

In the latest incident, on Wednesday evening, the Israel Defense Forces said Israel's aerial defenses had intercepted two rockets; a third landed in open territory. In response, the army said it had targeted what it described as three military facilities in Gaza used as training and weapons storage sites by Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza which the US and Europe Union consider a terrorist organization.

In response to earlier rocket fire, the IDF said Saturday it carried out airstrikes targeting weapons and military facilities that belong to Hamas. Two Palestinian were men were killed in the strikes, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qadra told CNN.

The IDF said Sunday it destroyed an incomplete tunnel running for more than a kilometer from Gaza into southern Israel.

A bitter dispute

Because of the city's sensitive nature, negotiators have always seen it as an issue to be resolved at the end of a peace process rather than the beginning.

The Trump administration upended that logic, casting the step as a "recognition of reality" that Jerusalem has long been the seat of the Israeli government. For Trump, the embassy move also fulfilled an election campaign promise.

In response to Trump's decision, leaders from the 57-member OIC recognized East Jerusalem as the occupied capital of a Palestinian state and called on the international community to do the same, according to the final communique from the group's emergency summit.

"We are determined to protect and preserve the historical status and sanctity of Jerusalem," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

At the end of the war that followed Israel's independence in 1948, Jordan was left in control of the eastern part of Jerusalem. During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel captured the territory and later annexed it, declaring Jerusalem united. Israel still holds the land, which much of the world considers occupied territory. Palestinians say that any eventual two-state solution should include the return of East Jerusalem, which would serve as their capital.

2 Palestinians killed in clashes over Jerusalem status .
Two Palestinians were killed in renewed clashes with Israeli forces, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged France and Europe to play a stronger role in peace efforts amid continued fallout over President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.The fresh violence came a day after the U.N. General Assembly resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's decision.

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