Israel to close Gaza crossing after rocket attacks | Human Rights News

Transfer comes after Israeli military accused Hamas of firing three rockets into Israel late on Friday.

Israel will shut its solely crossing for Palestinian staff coming from the Gaza Strip after it mentioned three rockets have been fired from the besieged territory, as tensions proceed to mount in the course of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The transfer, introduced on Saturday, comes after the Israeli military accused Hamas, the armed group that guidelines the Gaza Strip, of firing three rockets into Israel late on Friday.

One hit an open subject inside Israel, whereas one other fell contained in the Palestinian territory, the Israeli military mentioned, with out offering particulars on the third one.

Earlier this week, the Israeli military mentioned 4 rockets have been launched from Gaza however have been intercepted by air defence programs.

“Following the rockets fired towards Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip final night time, it was determined that crossings into Israel for Gazan retailers and staff by the Erez Crossing won’t be permitted this upcoming Sunday,” COGAT, a unit of the defence ministry answerable for Palestinian civil affairs, mentioned in a press release.

Israel carried out air raids in numerous areas of the Gaza Strip twice final week with the Israeli navy saying its fighter jets attacked navy targets.

The alternate of fireside occurred amid heightening rigidity on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem which has been on the centre of days of violence following a collection of Israeli incursions into the holy website, which started firstly of Ramadan.

A minimum of 57 Palestinians have been injured on Friday when Israeli forces raided the mosque and attacked worshippers with rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and fired tear gasoline.

Tear gasoline was additionally fired after Friday prayers, hitting Palestinians worshipping on the Dome of the Rock contained in the compound.

Al-Aqsa sits atop the Outdated Metropolis plateau of East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in a 1967 conflict and annexed in a transfer that has not been recognised internationally.

Palestinians need occupied East Jerusalem because the capital of their hoped-for future state.

Palestinians accuse Israel of limiting Muslim worship at Al-Aqsa – the third-holiest website in Islam – whereas not doing sufficient to implement a longstanding ban on Jewish prayer on the compound. Israel denies this.

Settler incursions below police safety in the course of the Jewish pageant of Passover this previous week had led to day by day confrontations with Palestinians on the mosque, with many injured and arrested.

On the primary day of Passover, April 15, at the least 158 Palestinians have been wounded and 400 others have been arrested contained in the compound. Dozens extra have been injured and arrested all through the week.

Regardless of fears of issues escalating on the bottom, Palestinians have mentioned that their continued presence at Al-Aqsa is crucial.

Ramadan represents a uncommon alternative for Palestinians from the occupied West Financial institution as they’re solely allowed to enter the town with a difficult-to-obtain navy allow exterior of the holy month.

Whereas Passover has ended and entrance into the mosque shall be restricted to Muslims over the last 10 days of Ramadan, tensions on the bottom in Jerusalem and within the occupied West Financial institution stay excessive.

Thousands of Palestinians joined a rally in northern Gaza City
1000’s of Palestinians joined a rally in northern Gaza Metropolis on Friday to protest in opposition to Israeli raids at Al-Aqsa Mosque [Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]

On Friday, hundreds of Palestinians participated in a mass rally known as by the Hamas motion to point out solidarity within the face of continued Israeli raids in occupied Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

On the demonstration in Jabalia refugee camp, within the northern Gaza Strip, protesters held banners declaring Palestinian dominion over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and chanted slogans deploring Israeli assaults in opposition to worshippers there.

Weeks of protests and raids by Israeli forces on Al-Aqsa throughout Ramadan final yr escalated right into a widespread rebellion throughout Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, and an 11-day assault on the besieged Gaza Strip.

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