Israel to close Gaza crossing after rocket attacks


Israel will close its only crossing for Palestinian workers coming from the Gaza Strip after it said three rockets were fired from the besieged territory, as tensions continue to mount during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The move, announced on Saturday, comes after the Israeli army accused Hamas, the armed group that rules the Gaza Strip, of firing three rockets into Israel late on Friday.

One hit an open field inside Israel, while another fell inside the Palestinian territory, the Israeli army said, without providing details on the third one.

Earlier this week, the Israeli army said four rockets were launched from Gaza but were intercepted by air defence systems.

“Following the rockets fired toward Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip last night, it was decided that crossings into Israel for Gazan merchants and workers through the Erez Crossing will not be permitted this upcoming Sunday,” COGAT, a unit of the defence ministry responsible for Palestinian civil affairs, said in a statement.