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Israel closes Erez crossing following continued rocket fire

CM 10/05/2021

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Incoming rocket sirens were activated in the southern Israel college town of Sderot and neighboring communities as three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, just hours after the IDF struck Hamas positions in response to earlier rocket fire.Three rockets were launched on Monday morning around 6.20AM, and at least one was successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. There were no reports of injuries or damage.Following the rocket-fire, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Maj.-Gen. Rassan Alian announced the immediate closure of the Erez Crossing until further notice, except for humanitarian and exceptional cases.The move follows the decision yesterday to close the fishing zone, and in response to the continued launching of rockets and incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip.“The Hamas terrorist organization is accountable for all that is done in and from the Gaza Strip toward the State of Israel, and it will therefore bear the consequences for the violence committed against the country’s citizens,” COGAT said in a statement.Terror groups in Gaza threatened to escalate their attacks in response.On Sunday night, two rockets were fired from Gaza toward the city of Ashkelon and surrounding communities. One was intercepted while the other landed in an open area. One woman was hurt while running for shelter. Earlier on Sunday, two mortar shells fired from the blockaded coastal enclave failed to clear the border and landed within the Gaza Strip. Hours later another mortar struck an open field near the border fence.

Throughout the day on Sunday some 39 fires were sparked due to the incendiary balloons.The rocket fire and incendiary balloons come amid heightened tensions and violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank between Palestinians and Israel Police.Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.
Source: Jerusalem Post

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