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


    Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinians

    Who are the Israeli agents posing as Palestinians?

    Musta'ribeen are an elite Israeli undercover unit that disguises themselves as Arabs or Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    100 years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.