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Israel says Gaza crossings to remain open despite rockets
Published Thursday 21/08/2014 18:15
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Thursday said that both the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings between Gaza and Israel will remain open despite the fact that rockets had been fired at both terminals from the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military's coordinator of Gaza affairs Faris Atiyeh said in a statement Thursday that around a dozen missiles fired from Gaza had struck both the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Erez crossing the day before.

Such attacks, he said, affect the daily operations at the crossings, but despite that the army has no plans to shut them down because they are "the lungs through which the Gaza Strip breathes."

Israel has maintained a crippling economic siege on Gaza for the last eight years, strictly limiting all imports, exports, and movement of people while allowing small amounts of goods to enter through the two crossings.

The statement added that Israel had also cancelled a decision to allow Gaza fishermen to fish within a range of three nautical miles off the coast. The cancellation came after fishermen abstained from fishing despite the initial decision.

Israeli forces have fired at Palestinian fishermen multiple times in recent weeks as they have tried to take advantage of temporary ceasefires to fish.

Israeli airstrikes have also destroyed dozens of boats anchored at Gaza's port.

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1 ) Mel / USA
21/08/2014 18:37
Israel's pathetic,pretending 2B "compassionate"&"humane".
The ONLY reason any fences-'tween occupying Jews & occupied/besieged NON-Jews-are"open"is because Israel's already committing WAR CRIMES on blockaded Gaza &"open"check-points provide a legal loop-hole so the Zionist State can say Gaza is"open"not TRAPPED,with no HUMAN RIGHTS!EMBARGO ISRAEL stat.Grind its economic butt,to dust! You too Obama,"America doesn't negotiate with (savage Judeo-Nazi)terrorists"(either)in the OPT's!
AQ=IS=ZS!

2 ) Richard Lightbown / Europe
21/08/2014 20:32
They are only keeping them open for the PR value, rest assured there is nothing humanitarian about this. The military coordinator says "the lungs through which the Gaza Strip breathes". So why do they shut them down whenever it suits and why is Kerem Shalom, the least suitable crossing, the only one open for goods? Because the colonial Zionist government delights in playing cat and mouse with the ordinary people in Gaza's concentration camp.

3 ) joefattal / USA
21/08/2014 21:50
Hamas warned Israel that the airport might be hit. Israel say the airport is safe. Lets assume a rocket fell on the terminal injuring or killing passengers, who is going to take the blame?. Obviously Israel will blame Hamas even after their warnings. And Israel will look than that they used airline passengers as a human shield. Hell Israel is using as we speak their citizens as human shields against Hamas rockets by depending on the Iron-Dome which intercept only few of them. And they have

4 ) joefattal / USA
21/08/2014 21:55
cont....not made a dent on Hamas rockets. They striking civilians hoping for Hamas to give in to their demands. Besides Hamas didn't ask for the crossing to be open, they wanted the siege lifted and the seaport and airport open to get their goods without any restrictions.

5 ) Margaret James / UK
22/08/2014 14:59
# Joe 3/4 - As far as Hamas are concerned, they are in the clear (as regards blame) because they have already given a warning that the airport could be hit. Sensible airlines from Egypt/Jordan put passenger safety first & didn't fly. If Israel says it is safe (knowing a war is going on)& airlines chose to fly, then they would both be at fault for not assessing the risks properly, in the event of an incident. As to the rest of your comments, I agree with you, US $$ & Iron Dome won't bring peace.

6 ) Julie / USA
22/08/2014 17:22
Palestinians have the right to breathe (inhale and exhale) their own lungs...as THEY CHOOSE. for these 'lungs' to be breathed by iZrael continuously serves as solid proof of apartheid.
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