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Israel seals border crossings after rocket attack


Israel has closed its cargo crossings into Gaza until further notice, in response to cross-border Palestinian rocket fire. Since Sunday, truckloads of supplies had been entering the Strip as Israel eased its economic blockade, as part of a truce with Hamas.

Tuesday’s rocket attack has changed all of that. A Hamas spokesman said Israel’s reaction was a violation of the agreement.

Hamas maintains it is committed to the ceasefire which began last Thursday. While it controls Gaza, another group, Islamic Jihad, says it fired the rockets from the Strip on the Israeli town of Sderot, lightly wounding two people.

The truce is being tested as Israelis mark the second anniversary of the capture of soldier Gilad Shalit, by armed Palestinian groups on the Gaza border.

Hundreds gathered in Jerusalem on Tuesday night,
denouncing what they say is the slow pace at which the Israeli government is negotiating his liberation.

Hamas wants Israel to free hundreds of prisoners in exhange for Shalit’s release.

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