UN crit­i­cizes Is­raeli clo­sure of Gaza bor­der cross­ing

Journal Pioneer - - CANADA / WORLD -

JERUSALEM - The United Nations has crit­i­cized Is­rael’s clo­sure of its only cargo cross­ing with the Gaza Strip. UN Spe­cial Co­or­di­na­tor Nick­o­lay Mlade­nov is­sued a state­ment on Tues­day urg­ing Is­rael to re­verse its de­ci­sion, say­ing he was “con­cerned about the con­se­quences” of the clo­sure. He also urged Gaza’s mil­i­tant Ha­mas rulers to “do their part by main­tain­ing calm, stop­ping in­cen­di­ary kites and pre­vent­ing other provo­ca­tions.” Is­rael said it was clos­ing the Kerem Shalom cross­ing on Mon­day to ev­ery­thing ex­cept essential hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­plies in re­sponse to the con­tin­ued launches of in­cen­di­ary kites and bal­loons that have been re­leased from Gaza into Is­rael over the last few months.

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