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Kerem Shalom crossing, the main passage point for goods entering Gaza

Although the Israeli government has “closed” the Kerem Shalom Crossing for import and export of commercial goods into and out of Gaza, the border is hardly sealed.

On Sunday, the border crossing saw 18,154 tons of goods delivered to various sites in the enclave in 200 trucks, via the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

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Moreover, the Erez Crossing, used for human traffic, continues to operate; eight ambulances crossed through Erez on Sunday alone.

In addition, 1,301 Palestinian Authority citizens entered Israel from Gaza for “humanitarian purposes” over the weekend, according to the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization said Monday in a statement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval of measures imposed on the enclave to prevent the entry of commercial goods into the enclave “is a new crime against humanity added to the record of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people.”

Israel announced the new measures on Sunday in response to the incessant arson terror attacks against southern Israel emanating from the enclave.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.