Israel said on Monday it was closing the Gaza Strip’s main commercial crossing and limiting the Palestinian coastal enclave’s fishing zone in a crackdown response to the incendiary kites and helium balloons that have been flown over the border since the protests began on March 30, consuming swathes of Israeli farmland..
“We will crack down immediately on the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip. In a significant move, we will today shut down the Kerem Shalom (border) crossing,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a Likud faction meeting.
An IDF statement said Kerem Shalom would remain open for the transfer of specially approved humanitarian goods.
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