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Israelis block fuel and supplies from entering Gaza


By Eli Lillis - October 30, 2018
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On October 29 south Israeli residents and right wing activists briefly blocked trucks carrying goods and fuel into Gaza. 

The protest was held at Keram Shalom crossing, and occurred after a tense weekend in Gaza with missile strikes occurring throughout the region.
 
The Kerem Shalom crossing is Israel's main commercial crossing into the Gaza Strip, with an average of 800 trucks of goods passing through it every day.
 
The aim of the protest was to pressure the Israeli government to further restrict its blockade on Gaza amid continuing unrest.
 
“Enough is enough, we are sick and tired of this,” said organizer Liana Peretz, a resident of nearby Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, referring to missile strikes launched from Gaza in the previous days.
 
Despite the IDF’s decision to remove all restrictions placed on the Gaza border region, the residents of the communities adjacent to the Strip announced they will not send their children to school in an act of protest against the continuing violence.
 
On October 23, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman’s office announced that Qatari-purchased fuel would be allowed into Gaza via the crossing.
 
It had been blocked for a week, following flareups after a rocket fired from Gaza struck a home in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba.
 
The crossing has remained open despite recent rocket fire.
 
Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza since 2007.
 
Israel claims the blockade is in place in order to prevent weapons and other military equipment from entering the Strip.
 
Further protests were held at interchanges in local communities in the border region.
 
The largest protests occurred in Tel-Aviv with groups of residents from Gaza border communities in what they claim are demonstrations over the Israeli government’s lack of action concerning the security situation.
 
The protesters blocked major roads whilst holding protest signs and carrying out mock air-raid siren drills.
 
The protesters played recordings of the sirens which sound to give them a 15 second warning ahead of incoming projectiles.
 
Critics point to worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza and say the blockade amounts to collective punishment of the two million Palestinians living there.
 
The army has sought to keep goods flowing into Gaza in a bid to ease tensions.
 
After a period fuel shortages, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov tweetedthat Gaza residents were now receiving eight hours of electricity per day.

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