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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds security consultations at the Kirya IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv.

The IDF announced a few minutes before midnight that it has closed the Kerem Shalom land crossing into Gaza in response to the rocket attacks.

Kerem Shalom is the primary entryway for commercial goods into the enclave.


A spokesperson for Israel’s liaison to the Palestinian Authority said this includes barring the entrance of humanitarian goods into Gaza.

“A full closure,” she said.

This comes after Israel earlier in the day shut down the Erez pedestrian crossing, and on Sunday closed Gaza’s fishing zone in response to the escalations in Arab violence.

More than 150 rocket and mortar launches from Gaza were aimed at Israel in the six hours since the afternoon, the IDF said. The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted many the rockets in mid-air.

Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon and Assuta Medical Center in Ashdod have all moved to a state of emergency. The hospitals were evacuating patients in order to make room for anticipated incoming wounded.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held security consultations late Monday night at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman, National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat and other top military and security personnel.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.