update desk

Defense Ministry orders Gaza border crossings reopened after weaker Friday riots

Israel’s Defense Ministry ordered the Kerem Shalom goods crossing and Erez pedestrian crossing from Gaza to Israel to be reopened on Sunday morning, noting a decrease in the amount and severity of riots along the border in recent days.

A Palestinian truck loaded with gas enters the Gaza Strip from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing, on March 15, 2015. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.
A Palestinian truck loaded with gas enters the Gaza Strip from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing, on March 15, 2015. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Israel’s Defense Ministry ordered the Kerem Shalom goods crossing and Erez pedestrian crossing from Gaza to Israel to be reopened on Sunday morning, noting a decrease in the amount and severity of riots along the border since Friday.

The crossings were ordered closed on Wednesday after a powerful rocket launched from Gaza scored a direct hit on a family home in the city of Beersheva, 47 kilometers inside Israel.

The mother of the family was awakened by the Red Alert warning system and quickly go to the home’s bomb shelter with her three young sons, shutting the door just seconds before the rocket ripped through their home, totally destroying the majority of their possessions.

Another missile landed off the coast of Tel Aviv.

The security establishment said the number and intensity of attacks on the Gaza border during the weekly “March of Return” riots was significantly reduced—10,000 people took part, according to army sources—but Israel Defense Forces reported that rioters broke through Israel’s border fence in three locations, and set off explosives and grenades.

“Unlike past weeks, most of the rioters remained at a distance and did not try to reach the fence,” the IDF said. “Hamas acted for restraint on the ground.”

Over the weekend, two groups of Palestinians who sparked arson fires on Israel’s border with Gaza by launching incendiary balloons received warning shots from the IDF.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates