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The Israeli punitive measure came in response to the fire of dozens of rockets by militants in Gaza toward southern Israel, said Aby Rukon, Israel’s chief coordinator of the government’s activities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip…reports Asian Lite News

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Palestinian protesters run for cover from tears gas canisters fired by Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza-Israel border. (Xinhua/Khaled Omar) (zf)

Israel has said that it was closing all crossings with the Gaza Strip and banned fishing off the Palestinian coastal enclave after the fire exchange near the Gaza-Israel border fence.

The passages between Gaza and Israel will be closed down “starting Monday night and until further notice,” said Kamil Abu Rukon, Israel’s chief coordinator of the government’s activities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Kerem Shalom Crossing, a passage for goods, will be shut down “except for the passage of vital humanitarian equipment,” he said in a statement issued by his office, reports said.

Earlier in the day, Abu Rukon announced the closure of the Erez Crossing, the only land passage for people between the besieged enclave and Israel.

In addition, Israel will prohibit fishing off the coast of Gaza, cutting a major part of the impoverished enclave’s economy and a source of food.

GAZA, Oct. 11, 2019 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw a stone at Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, on Oct. 11, 2019. At least 49 Palestinians were injured on Friday afternoon during clashes between hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers in the eastern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel, a local official said. (Photo by Mohammed Dahman/Xinhua/IANS) by .
A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw a stone at Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, (Photo by Mohammed Dahman/Xinhua/IANS)

The Israeli punitive measure came in response to the fire of dozens of rockets by militants in Gaza toward southern Israel, said Aby Rukon.

It is noting that the measure came hours after the Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian militant group in Gaza, announced a cease-fire with Israel.

During the recent escalation with Israel, the group has fired rockets at southern Israel in retaliation for the killing of its operatives by Israeli fire in Gaza and Syria.

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