Israel announced the temporary closure of its sole pedestrian crossing into Gaza after the terminal was damaged during violent clashes between Israeli and Palestinian troops.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) indicated that hundreds of Palestinians had engaged in violent riots at the Erez border crossing, during which the infrastructure on the Palestinian side of the crossing was damaged by rioters.

On Tuesday there were riots at the Erez border crossing, during which several Palestinians were injured by shots fired by Israeli troops, as announced by the Gaza Ministry of Health, run by the Islamic terrorist group Hamas.

The IDF said Palestinians threw stones at the crossing in the northern Gaza Strip and caused damage to infrastructure, forcing troops to respond with tear gas and firearms.

“As a consequence, the crossing has been closed until the repair of the damage caused is completed,” the military spokesman said in a statement.

The military also added that the closure does not include humanitarian aid cases that will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

About a thousand Gazans cross the Erez crossing every day, mainly people who need medical treatment but also businessmen, students, Israeli authorities, etc..