January 17, 2021

Israel closes Gaza after the launch of rockets and bombs in response

Israel closes Gaza after the launch of rockets and bombs in response



Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the closure of border crossings with Gaza and the reduction of the fishing area after the firing of rockets from the Palestinian enclave, one of which impacted on a house without causing casualties.

Lieberman "has ordered the closure of the crossings of Erez and Kerem Shalom (for people and goods, respectively) and the reduction of the permitted area of ​​fishing in the Gaza Strip to three nautical miles," said a Defense statement.

"The defense minister made the decision after the firing of rockets into the territory of the State of Israel," the note added.

About four in the morning local time, a rocket launched by Palestinian militias in Gaza hit a civilian house in the Israeli city of Bersheva, 40 kilometers from the enclave, without causing injuries because the woman who lived there with their three children He heard the anti-aircraft sirens and moved everyone to a shelter.

Shortly after, another launch aimed at the sea was confirmed.

Three hours later, the Israeli army announced bombings of "terrorist targets" in the Gaza Strip and the Ministry of Health of the enclave confirmed one dead and three wounded as a result of the bombings.

The Israeli army reported in the morning in a statement of firing from a fighter plane against a group of militants trying to launch another rocket in northern Gaza against Israel, and the activation of anti-aircraft alarms in the Regional Council of Hof Ashkelon, with no impact confirmed for the time being.

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