Israel shuts Gaza crossing over violence

Israel tightens blockade of Gaza Strip

Israel closes people crossing with Gaza after border violence

On Thursday, three delegations, representing Hamas, the left-wing Palestinian parties and senior employees in various ministries in the Gaza Strip, headed to Cairo to resume talks with the Egyptian mediators.

Israel's military said some Palestinians also threw improvised explosives and firebombs at the fence and that several were spotted briefly crossing into Israeli territory.

Bennett has been critical of the reported efforts by Israel to reach an agreement with Hamas, but while he is "opposed to a ground incursion", the Education Minister believes there are other viable options to deal with violence coming from Gaza.

The protest came amid the ongoing reports that Israel and Hamas, through Egyptian mediation, are on the brink of a long-term ceasefire.

The latest was on August 9, when Israel responded to some 180 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza with widespread air strikes. Large turnout at the protests has also been driven by widespread desperation in Gaza, amid worsening conditions linked to the blockade.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the closure of the Erez crossing was due to "violent incidents on the border last Friday". The Israeli response this time did not include strikes by jet fighters or tank fire.

Israel says the economic blockade is needed to contain Hamas, a militant group that seeks Israel's destruction. But the high casualty rate among mainly unarmed protesters has drawn worldwide criticism.

England 84/4 at Lunch, need 537 runs more to win
With India requiring a single wicket to wrap up the win, the fifth day's play could conceivably last one delivery. In fact, Buttler had brought up his maiden Test century which in turn went in vain.

"The US administration is a partner of the Israeli occupation government", the council said.

Speaking in a televised program, Abbas said he rejects the USA mediation for Palestine-Israel peace talks and emphasized that there would no meeting with the US until it reverts its decision to recognize Jewish settlements and Jerusalem as an Israeli capital.

Police later released footage from a surveillance camera that shows a man walking along then suddenly pulling out a knife and lunging at the officers.

Border protests and clashes on Friday saw two Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire.

Muhammad Maqadmeh, media official of the Palestinian Civil Affairs Commission, said "Israeli authorities informed the commission regarding the closure of Beit Hanoun crossing since Sunday morning and that it will be closed for those traveling outside of Gaza, while for Palestinians returning to Gaza, it will remain open".

The Palestinians and human rights groups have accused Israeli forces of using excessive force in some confrontations and of killing Palestinians who did not pose an imminent deadly threat.

Latest News