Israel closes Gaza crossing over Palestinian arson kites

Analysis Why close the Kerem Shalom Gaza border crossing now

Israel closes Gaza crossing over Palestinian arson kites

They also demand an end to Israel's 11-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave's economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of basic commodities.

"The crossing will be closed except for humanitarian equipment (including food and medicine) that will be approved on an individual basis", Israel s military said in a statement.

Netanyhau also warned in a series of posts on Twitter that "additional steps" will be taken to address the "Hamas regime ... immediately". "I will not go into details", he said in parliament.

Gate of Kerem Shalom crossing, the main passage point for goods entering Gaza, whose closure was announced on Monday.

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The group, which governs the enclave, described Monday's measure as a "crime against the people of Gaza", blaming the worldwide community's prolonged silence that encourages Israel's blockade on Gaza.

"We do not intend to continue absorbing and continuing with this situation", Lieberman said in separate comments to his own parliamentary faction. Israeli forces have responded to mass demonstrations in the area by killing some 140 civilians and injuring thousands of others.

"Hamas urges the global community to immediately intervene", said Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for Hamas, which is deemed a terrorist group by Israel and the West.

Group calls Israeli decision to seal off trade border crossing a "crime" as HRW describes it as "collective punishment". "Therefore, Hamas calls on the global community to act immediately and prevent this crime and its risky consequences".

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People taking part in more than three months of protests at the Gaza border have started scores of fires by sending the balloons and kites into Israel, vexing its advanced military which is used to dealing with more conventional weapons. During the first march, 16 Palestinians were killed and hundreds were wounded.

For the past 15 weeks, more than 130 Palestinians protesting in Gaza were killed and around 15,000 injured. No Israeli casualties have been recorded.

It quoted officials from the United Nations agency in charge of Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, saying the cuts in worldwide contributions will affect its programs in the West Bank and Gaza. New restrictions are likely to raise doubts among the Palestinians that Israel is in a mood to make a deal. Gaza's designated fishing zone will be reduced from nine to six nautical miles off the coast throughout the duration of the season.

The move tightens the blockade on Gaza, which has been in place since 2007.

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