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Over 1.7 million Gazans isolated from the world after Israel, Egypt close crossings

Keram Shalom crossing
Al-Akhbar | November 2, 2014

Gaza has become an open-air prison after Israel decided to close two border crossings with Gaza, the army said on Sunday, after a rocket allegedly fired from the Palestinian enclave struck its territory.

The Israeli blockade comes a week after Egypt closed its border with Gaza. With all borders closed, more than one and a half million people in Gaza are now isolated from the outside world. They are prisoners inside the 360 square kilometers that make up the coastal Strip.

“The crossing points for people and goods, Erez and Kerem Shalom, have been closed until further notice except for humanitarian aid,” an army spokeswoman said.

She said that the measure was taken after a rocket fired from Gaza hit Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory on Friday, without causing any casualties or damage.

There was no claim of responsibility from any armed faction in Gaza. A military spokeswoman said forces were still searching for debris.

The projectile struck harmlessly was the first to strike Israeli-occupied territory since September 16, and the second since the end of the Zionist state’s devastating 51-day assault on Gaza.

For 51 days this summer, Israel pounded the Gaza Strip – by air, land and sea – with the stated aim of ending rocket fire from the coastal enclave.

More than 2,160 Gazans, at least 505 of them children, were killed – and 11,000 injured – during seven weeks of unrelenting Israeli attacks in July and August.

The Israeli offensive ended on August 26 with the an Egypt-brokered cease-fire agreement.

However, Israel has violated the terms of the agreement repeatedly ever since.

The agreement calls for reopening Gaza’s border crossings with Israel after an eight-year blockade. Instead, Israel has further sealed the crossings.

The truce also stipulated that Israel would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually.

However, since the ceasefire was signed, Israeli forces have fired at several fishermen who they say have ventured beyond the newly-imposed limit of six nautical miles.

The head of the Gaza fishermen syndicate accused Israel of constantly violating the terms of the agreement.

“Since signing the truce, the Israeli army has violated (the agreement) eight times, arresting fishermen and destroying a giant fishing boat, in addition to firing at fishermen on a daily basis,” he said.

Besides the fishermen, Israeli forces have also fired at other civilians. On Wednesday, Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man on the beach in the northern Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, Gaza is also littered with a large number of unexploded Israeli shells, one of which has recently killed 4-year-old Mohammed Sami Abu-Jrad from the northern Gaza city of Beit Hanoun.

Israel also agreed to allow construction material into Gaza. But two months after the war ended, no building material has entered Gaza due to Israel’s ongoing blockade.

Israel routinely bars the entry of building materials into the embattled coastal enclave on grounds that Palestinian resistance faction Hamas could use them to build underground tunnels or fortifications.

For years, the Gaza Strip has depended on construction materials smuggled into the territory through a network of tunnels linking it to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

A recent crackdown on the tunnels by the Egyptian army, however, has effectively neutralized hundreds of tunnels, severely affecting Gaza’s construction sector.

Egypt leaves Gaza isolated

On Wednesday, Egypt began setting up a buffer zone along its border with the Gaza strip in a move which will see about 800 homes demolished.

It comes in the wake of a suicide car bombing which killed 30 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai last week, the deadliest attack on the military since ousting Egypt’s former president Mohammed Mursi.

Following the bombing, Egypt immediately closed the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip, the principal connection between Gaza’s 1.7 million people and the outside world.

In August, Egypt’s authorities have used an attack on the Egyptian military in Sinai as a pretext to start a campaign to destroy lifelines into Gaza. Over 120 tunnels were blown up or filled in.

More than just being the only way for some products to make it into the over 1.5 million Palestinians living in the strip, the Gaza tunnels have become a major source of income for the transporters of goods. Egypt has closed Gaza’s lifelines.

Since the beginning of 2014 until the end of May, Rafah crossing has been opened only 14 out of 120 days, limiting access to humanitarian cases and for other authorized travelers – including foreign nationals and visa holders.

(AFP, Reuters, Al-Akhbar)

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6 Comments »

  1. The prison has closed, there’s lockdown……….

    Comment by masteradrian | November 2, 2014 | Reply

  2. The good people of the world need to ac4 fast before the Israel GOD judges them again for their actions, this will be their last time and chance.

    Comment by richard123456columbia | November 2, 2014 | Reply

  3. The ugly truth is simple, the Arab world dont wana do anything, the rest of the world will NOTHING, and all we can do is watch a people and their land slowly been eradicated from this earth.

    I sayed it, and I sometimes hate my self for been dead on this issue, nothing is and will be done to the warcriminals in Tel-aviv/Israel at all, so far, just farting in the wind.
    Words witch have been holowed out to mean nothing, other that “to have sayed something” so their sick consciousness is clear.
    The Sweds sayed something, and in the mean time we have a rightwinged colection of freaks running the “norce” gov,. and they have all agreed upon that Israel is alowed to ethincly cleans the Palestinian lands since all Palestinians are terrorists, agoe, gender and so on, is totaly irrelevant.

    I am ashamed, humiliated and thats not by our gov. witch is a ZioNazis earant boys, and echoes anything that the uSSa sayes. But whats really hurting, is the silence, witch I call it when they once again, deliver nothing but babbeling, is the complyant of the Arab nabours.
    I am about to say someting I never hoped to say, from now on, I will not say a word, I know we lost, Palestina was an inspiration as long it lasted, but now its gone, the latest is just a show, the Gazans will be enihiliated, and the West Bank, witch is basicly Israeli teritory, where the Fatha rules, is gone.

    I hope our Lord sees this, the hypocrasy. the lies, the utter covardness, and I pray He will judge you, Arabs.
    May He be hard, and thruoutly.
    Hypocrasy is the wurst atrocety a human can do, and may Allah hasten you doom, this will eventually, Arabs, richoset back and bite your a…
    I have never seen so mutch cowardness in my live, I never would belive it but now its stearing me straith into my eyes.
    And the wars wthat will come, I hope you will bleed and be hammered down to your knees, and simply be eradicated completely.

    All this will happened, its in the game, but there is ONLY one way out of this, repent and awake.
    Allah is a god of mercy, but to gett it, you must earn it.
    Praying is not and never will be suficient, act or be dead for eternety.
    What you do here, determins what will happend after you are gone.

    May you all rott in hell.

    peace

    Comment by mikael | November 2, 2014 | Reply

    • Zionism does not stop with Palestine, Arabs, or even Moslems. It is a global threat to humanity.

      Comment by aletho | November 2, 2014 | Reply

  4. Mikael, see this site, copy it and send to all, the Arabs are only a pone, the US is forcing them for Israel’s biding.
    https://alethonews.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/the-us-israel-special-relationship-timeline-that-aipac-doesnt-want-you-to-see/#comments

    Comment by richard123456columbia | November 2, 2014 | Reply

  5. Israel has the world against the US through the control of their leaders, puppets on a string bringing down the middle class and working hard on the poor for their gain. The working class will rise up to destroy America, is that the plan to gain more power with money that no one will have after.

    Comment by richard123456columbia | November 2, 2014 | Reply


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