The Defense Ministry authority responsible for border crossings announced Sunday afternoon that it would close the Kerem Shalom passage until further notice. The crossing through which merchandise and humanitarian goods are passed into Gaza was shut after rockets were fired on the area.
The border authority's cameras documented the rocket fire, including a near-hit of a truck loaded with flammable materials. There were no injuries in the incident.
The statement said that starting at 6 am Sunday morning several rockets were fired on the crossing, an intentional and continuous salvo, which hit inside the work area of the crossing.
Gaza rockets hit Kerem Shalom crossing (צילום: רשות המעברים במשרד הביטחון)
Despite the danger, the passage continued to transfer merchandise until the noon hours, including more than 30 trucks loaded with humanitarian equipment.
The statement added that a rocket salvo around 12:30 pm scored a direct hit on the working area of the crossing. Afterwards, the security establishment decided to not endanger the lives of the employees and close the crossing until further notice.
The broder authority's statement said that "after continuous and intentional fire on the Kerem Shalom Crossing, during the morning and at noon, a salvo which almost hit trucks carrying flammable materials on their way into the Strip, we decided to take the exceptional measure of closing the crossing in order to protect the employees."
It added: "The crossing remained open throughout IDF Operation Protective Edge, despite the ceaseless rocket fire around us, and served as a vital – exclusive – passage for goods and humanitarian equipment into Gaza."