Jewish settlers and protestors have blocked a crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel, and scuffled with police. It came after troops sealed off all 21 Gaza settlements to non-residents, to stop an influx of ultra-nationalist opponents to Israel’s withdrawal,
No-one was hurt in last night’s scuffles after protestors blocked the Kissufim crossing point into Gush Katif, the main settlement bloc in the Gaza Strip.
Yesterday’s closure was seen as the first step in the evacuation of the Gaza Strip settlements and four in the West Bank, starting next month. Palestinians fear that while they get impoverished Gaza, Israel will strengthen its hold on West Bank settlements housing most of the 240,000 settlers.