Israel shuts Erez border crossing with Gaza following attacks

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 8:34am

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel closed the Erez border crossing with Gaza after sustained attacks on the crossing that injured three civilians.

At least a dozen mortars were fired Sunday afternoon on the crossing, which is used by sick and injured Gazan civilians to receive medical treatment in Israel.

The crossing is closed “until further notice,” Israel’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement, “except for life-saving action.”

The three injured reportedly were Israeli-Arabs waiting to take people injured in Gaza to Israel for medical assistance, Ynet reported. The injured are in serious to moderate condition, according to Israel Police.

Fifty people had been expected to cross into Israel via Erez on Sunday, according to the Defense Ministry said.

 

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