Israel Closes Gaza Crossing for Goods After Rockets Fired Into Negev

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By JTA

Published April 08, 2013.

Israel closed the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Gaza to the passage of goods after three rockets were fired at southern Israel from the coastal strip.

One rocket fired from Gaza struck southern Israel on Sunday night as the national ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day was taking place at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The rocket also struck just hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel to push the reopening of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Two other rockets fired on Sunday night reportedly missed their targets and landed in Gaza.

Southern Israel suffered three days of rocket attacks from Gaza last week, a number of the handful of rocket attacks from Gaza that have come since an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement following Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense, which ended in early December.

On Sunday, Israeli troops detained a Palestinian teen near Nablus who was carrying several firebombs and two more sophisticated explosive devices.



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