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Posts Tagged ‘Kerem Shalom’

Kerem Shalom Closed Due to Rain (of Mortars)

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

8:00am The IDF has shut the Kerem Shalom-Gaza border checkpoint this morning as a result of a mortar attack on the location. No humanitarian delivery trucks going into Gaza today…

Kibbutz Nachal Oz near Gaza recommends to residents to not to return to the kibbutz due to the security situation.

IDF Destroys Home of Shalit Kidnapping Chief

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Israeli fighter pilots launched an air strike overnight Tuesday on the home of the Hamas terrorist chief who masterminded the kidnapping of former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

As a result of the cross-border attack masterminded by Hamas military wing chief Raed al-Atar, Shalit was held captive by Hamas in Gaza from June 2006 till October 2011.

It is not yet clear whether Al-Atar was in his house in the southern Gaza border town of Rafiah when Israel’s air force struck.

Food Shipments to Gaza Continue Despite Rockets

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Israel is continuing to allow food shipments into the Gaza Strip, despite the Hamas missile offensive against Israeli citizens.

Tuesday morning, trucks filled with Israeli fruit and cooking oil passed through the Kerem Shalom crossing, several meters from the spot where Hamas kidnapped Gilad Shalit in 2006.
 

Gaza Rockets Attacks and Related Retaliations

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

IAF attacked targets in Gaza, after rockets from Gaza hit Israel on Saturday night.

The IAF says they hit a weapons cache in southern Gaza.

In response to the Gazan terror attack, Israel also completely closed the Kerem Shalom crossing. The Erez crossing has also been closed to all transfers and traffic except for humanitarian purposes.

Israel Capitulates, Reopens Gaza Crossing in Recognition of Hamas Rule

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Israeli forces on Tuesday reopened the Kerem Shalom commercial border crossing with Gaza, after a week-long closure, a Palestinian official told Ma’an.

Palestinian Authority official Raed Fattouh said that the crossing will operate regularly on Tuesday, with 390 truckloads of goods set to enter Gaza and one truck of flowers to leave.

Israel closed the commercial crossing last Tuesday after a rocket was fired from Gaza toward Ashkelon in southern Israel, but agreed to reopen it Monday.

A dispute between Hamas and the company operating the crossing further delayed its opening. When the dispute was over, the franchise for operating the Gaza side of the crossing was taken away from the company with an authorization from the Palestinian Authority and given over to a company beholden to Hamas. That removed the last vestige of the PA’s official presence in the Gaza Strip. And Israel, which until Tuesday could pretend to only be dealing with Hamas indirectly, through the PA – is now dealing directly with Hamas.

Officials in Gaza told Ma’an that the Hamas government dismissed the company in charge of the terminal after a dispute over the collection of customs revenue.

The officials told Ma’an that Hamas wants to keep the taxes, which are usually paid to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria. Now everything will be going directly to the true rulers of Gaza, with Israel’s full support.

Truck drivers at Kerem Shalom told Ma’an that rivalries over control of the crossing were impeding their work. Now, thank God, peace is restored and the Hamas coffers will fill up again. Those coffers had gone bare recently, because the Egyptians are flooding the smuggling tunnels with sewer water, depriving Hamas of import fees on the smuggled goods

Challenging Israel, Hamas Takes PA Border Crossing Station

Monday, March 4th, 2013

The Hamas run Gaza authorities have informed Nahed Shahibar, the contractor who owns the franchisee that runs the Kerem Shalom border crossing station on the Arab side, that his contract has been revoked and transferred, as of Monday morning to one Muhisen Sharafi. As of Monday morning, as many as 70 trucks bringing goods into Gaza have been waiting on the Israeli side of the crossing, Ynet reported.

According to Arab estimates, some 400 truckloads of goods are expected to arrive this morning at the crossing, a much larger number than usual, due to the border closure in recent days.

Shahibar managed the crossing station on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, which is why Israel agreed over the years to cooperate with him. When Hamas took over control over the Gaza Strip, the Israeli government decided in principle not to work directly with any element of Hamas.

Over the past six days, the Kerem Shalom crossing has been closed to goods moving into Gaza, in retaliation for the rocket that was shot at the city of Ashkelon last week, and the Friday shooting at the moving vehicle of the northern division commander of the IDF Gaza Brigade.

Only yesterday, Sunday, Major General Eitan Dangot, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, announced that the Gaza crossing will open Monday morning, but now it appears that Hamas’s intention is to disrupt the return to normal activity.

It is estimated that the lack of consent by the Palestinian Authority to Hamas’s unilateral decision will cause the crossing to remain closed, as there are no authorized trucks and franchise owner on hand to receive the goods from the Israeli side.

It was the Palestinian crossings management office that informed Dangot about the Hamas, and he in return made it clear in conversations with senior PA officials that Israel considers the Hamas move a breach of the status quo and of the security arrangements regarding the operation of the border crossing.

Neither Israel nor the PA are willing to accept—each for its own reasons—a situation in which the Hamas government is operating the crossing and not the Palestinian Authority.

For Israel this would mean recognizing the legitimacy of the Hamas government, whose main declared goal is to destroy Israel. For the PA this would mean abandoning any remnant of an official foothold in the Gaza Strip.

However, according to Ynet, the Hamas motives have not been so much political or national, but rather financial. Their contract with the new franchise owner calls for a stiff fee of 170 shekels ($45) to be turned over to Hamas for each truck entering Gaza.

The main reason given for the increase is a reduction of government revenues from tax collection, after most of Gaza’s smuggling tunnels have been destroyed in recent weeks, the result of intense Egyptian actions. The Egyptian military has been flooding those tunnels with sewer water.

The blocking of the tunnels was intended mostly to prevent the passage of weapons into and out of Gaza, but a supposedly unintended consequence has been the blocking of gasoline and other vital merchandize from entering the Strip, causing a sharp rise in consumer prices.

Should Israel stick to its guns, the civilian population in Gaza may be enduring yet another period of hunger and poverty.

Egyptians Confirm Missiles Were Fired from the Sinai into Israel

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Egyptian military sources confirmed on Wednesday that missiles were launched from the northern Sinai town of Rafah at the Israeli kibbutz Kerem Shalom, Egypt Independent reported.

Israel and Egypt will be forming a joint military committee at Israel’s request to examine the circumstances surrounding the missile launch, the sources said.

Israel’s Channel 10 reported that four missiles fired from Rafah struck southern Israel in an area near the Gaza Strip‫.

Three of them landed in an open area, while the fourth hit Kerem Shalom in the Eshkol region but did not cause any injuries or damage, Channel 10 reported.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egyptians-confirms-missiles-were-fired-from-the-sinai-into-israel/2012/11/14/

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