The Israeli regime has extended the closure of the only commercial crossing point in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Authority says.
Raed Fattouh, the Palestinian Authority's representative at the crossing made the announcement on Sunday, Xinhua reported. He said that Israel decided to keep the Kerem Shalom crossing closed until Wednesday, adding that Israel cited Jewish holidays and security as the reasons behind its move. The decision to close the crossing came as two rockets landed in southern Israel on Thursday, for which no Palestinian groups claimed any responsibility. Tel Aviv has also restricted Palestinian fishermen's working area to three nautical miles. Israel’s moves are against its promise to Turkey to ease the siege on Palestinian territories. Over 160 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed and about 1,200 others were injured in the Israel’s eight-day offensive on the coastal enclave, which ended on November 21, 2012. On February 13, Human Rights Watch condemned Israel for violating the laws of war during the eight-day war on Gaza.