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Israel seals off Gaza borders for the fifth day consecutively

July 2, 2012

Tuesday, November 11. 2008
The Israeli military continues to seal off Gaza commercial crossings for the fifth day consecutively, as fuel and food supplies are being denied into the coastal Strip.

Yesterday, Gaza city lived prolonged hours of darkness as there happened a power outage because of the shortage of fuel needed to generate electricity at Gaza’s sole power plant.

The closure of commercial crossings came after Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak ordered the closure following a series of violence and counter violence in Gaza in the wake of Israel’s attacks on the region last week.

Israeli media sources reported that Barak is expected to hold a meeting with his senior army officials Monday to assess the situation and discuss possible resumption of fuel and cooking gas supplies to Gaza.

In a related news, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military offshoot of Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, declared early on Monday that its fighters traded gun fire with an Israeli army force to the east of Jabalya camp in northern Gaza.

Israel and Gaza-based resistance factions agreed in June of this year to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, stipulating the reopening of Gaza crossings largely and halting Palestinian homemade shells fire onto nearby Israeli areas.

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