The Israeli authorities have ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing, which is the only one authorized to carry goods into the Gaza Strip, in retaliation for the launch of fire balloons from the area controlled by the Hamas party militia.
The measure went into effect Tuesday morning and will only allow humanitarian supplies and fuel to enter the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli Palestinian Liaison Office (COGAT), which has not clarified how long this closure could last.
A Hamas spokesman criticized the order, claiming it was “an escalation of the siege” in the area since 2007, when the movement took control of the strip. With that in mind, he has warned that no pressure can stand up to the Palestinian determination to end the blockade.
Firing fire balloons is one of the attack tactics Palestinian groups have used in Gaza in recent months. After an interruption due to the coronavirus pandemic, these types of incidents have increased in recent days. In response to such an attack, Israel attacked an observation post on Sunday.