The Kerem Shalom crossing will be closed until further notice while Israel repairs the site. Gas and electricity infrastructure was damaged by Palestinian protesters during Friday’s riots. Hamas is harming the wellbeing of the residents of Gaza, said the IDF.

Gaza border during protests

Gaza border during protests Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered today that the Kerem Shalom crossing be closed for repair from tomorrow morning until further notice.

Lieberman approved the closure at the recommendation of the IDF and Coordinator of the Government in the Territories Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon following the arson that caused heavy damage to the gas pipeline and other facilities at the border. The crossing will be opened only for humanitarian cases that will be approved on an individual basis.

Gas facilities and pipelines, including the fuel terminal, suffered fire and fracture damages during Friday’s violent riots at the Gaza border, according to the IDF. There was also significant damage to the aggregate conveyor belt and the electricity infrastructure of grain, food and animal conveyors. Security framework such as fences, lighting poles and cameras were damaged as well.

The IDF said that this was the second time in recent days that Palestinians had destroyed resources intended to assist them, including humanitarian equipment from various countries around the world.

“In recent weeks, the Hamas terror organization has been carrying out terrorist acts in the guise of violent disturbances, harming the wellbeing of the residents of Gaza and paralyzing the arteries of its life,” the IDF spokesman stated. “Israel and many countries around the world are working to bring in goods – food, equipment and fuel to the citizens of the Gaza Strip, and Hamas is preventing them from entering and carrying out activities that endanger the operation of the crossings into the Gaza Strip.”

“Hamas is responsible for everything happening in the Gaza Strip above and below the ground,” the spokesman added. “It will bear the consequences for its actions.”

Around 15,000 Palestinian rioters vandalized and set fire to several points on the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing during yesterday’s riots along the Gaza border.