Fuel supplies to Gaza power stations cut off as Palestinians panic-buy supplies.
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“The casualties are from the Palestinian fire,” Major Tal Levram, an army spokesman, said.
But Abu Mujahid, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, said two of his group’s men fired at Israeli soldiers and they fired back, hitting civilians.
Hamas fighters have erected a roadblock near the terminal to stop Gazans from reaching the crossing and to look for Fatah officials trying to escape.
Israel has let very few Palestinians through the crossing citing security concerns.
“The problem today is because we don’t have policemen on the other side,” Shlomo Dror, an Israeli military spokesman, said. “The people who come, we don’t know if they are terrorists or who they are.”
|More than 500 Palestinians are waiting at the
Erez crossing hoping to enter Israel [AFP]
Israel has ordered cargo shipments bound for the Gaza Strip blocked, the Israeli customs authority said in a letter obtained by the Reuters news agency.
But officials said shipments may be allowed to go through at a later date.
A spokesperson for Israel’s tax and customs authority said the order was issued because crossings into Gaza have been closed, calling it “a technical step, not a policy decision.”
Worried Gazans have stocked up on essentials, fearing the border crossings will remain shut but Hamas have pledged to reopen them as soon as possible.