| Israel closes major Gaza crossing after Palestinians launch incendiary balloons

– Israel on Tuesday closed one of its main border crossings with the Gaza Strip
after Palestinians launched incendiary balloons that set fire to areas on the
Israeli frontier.

Israeli media reported that more
than 30 fires were set around border communities by balloons carrying
incendiary devices launched from Gaza.

“Kerem Shalom Crossing will
be closed for the passage of all goods, with the exception of the entry of
essential humanitarian equipment and fuel,” Israel’s Defence Ministry said
in a statement.

Balloons carrying an alleged incendiary device

Kerem Shalom is one of three main
Gaza border crossings with Israel and Egypt, but it is where most goods pass
through daily.

Palestinian officials said the
closure in particular affected construction materials.

Gaza is run by Hamas, an Islamist
group that Israel and the West designate a terrorist organisation. Citing
security concerns, Israel maintains tight control over its land and sea borders.
Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza.

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