Israel closes Gaza crossings

Military shuts down border after a rocket attack fired from the territory.

    The truce was intended to ease Israel's crippling blockade of Gaza [AFP]

    'Losing confidence'

    The truce was supposed to ease Israel's crippling blockade of Gaza, imposed more than a year ago when Hamas took power in Gaza.

    Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin, reporting from Gaza, said that oridinary Palestinians living in the territory feel the casefire agreement was "not going as planned".

    "Palestinians here [in Gaza] are losing confidence that the truce is bringing an improvement in the quality of their lives," he said.

    "Even when the crossings are opening, not enough quantities of supplies are making their way in to improve the situation here."

    The military said the crossings, closed on Thursday, would remain shut at least until Sunday.

    "The crossings will be closed [on Friday] because of the rocket," Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, said.

    He said their reopening on Sunday would "depend on the situation".

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Residents of long-neglected northwestern tribal belt say incorporation into Pakistan has left them in a vacuum.