Hamas, Islamic Jihad react to closure of border crossing: ‘a crime against humanity’, vow more terror attacks
The Hamas terror group called Israel’s decision to close the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing with Gaza “a crime against humanity”.
“Netanyahu’s approval of additional measures to intensify the siege and prevent the entry of materials and goods to Gaza is a new crime against humanity,” Hamas terror group spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said and called on its Muslim terrorists for more terror attacks.
“The declaration to tighten the siege of Gaza is tantamount to declaring a war”, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group said in a statement and vowed to respond with more terror attacks.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel will close the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Gaza over the continued arson attacks via incendiary kites and balloons launched by Muslim terrorists from Gaza into Israel in recent months.
“In agreement with the defense minister, we will act with a heavy hand against the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip,” Netanyahu said.
“The State of Israel aspires and acts to improve the humanitarian reality in the Gaza Strip in many ways. However, in light of the situation in which the Hamas terror organization exploits the Gazan residents and launches arson and explosive balloons and kites towards the communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip, Israel decided to take these measures. The current situation does not allow the residents of southern Israel to maintain their daily routine,” the IDF said.