Border crossings into the Gaza Strip have been closed by Israeli military, after a rocket was fired from the territory, in defiance of the ceasefire that started last month.
The rocket was fired on Thursday, from the Hamas-run territory, which prompted an early weekend closure of the border crossings, Israeli officials said.
“A Qassam rocket was fired from the Beit Hanoun area. We have not identified an impact but an explosion was heard north of Sderot”, an army spokesman said.
Since the truce begun, several rockets and mortar rounds have been fired at Israel from Gaza.
The ceasefire aim was easing Israel’s crippling blockade of Gaza, imposed when Hamas took power in the territory, more than a year ago.
‘Not enough quantities’
Ordinary Palestinians, living in the Gaza Strip feel the ceasefire agreement was “not going as planned”, said Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin, reporting from Gaza.
He added that “Palestinians here [in Gaza] are losing confidence that the truce is bringing an improvement in the quality of their lives”.
“Even when the crossings are opening, not enough quantities of supplies are making their way in to improve the situation here.”
Closed on Thursday, the crossings would remain shut at least until Sunday, the military said.
“The crossings will be closed [on Friday] because of the rocket”, Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, said.
And their reopening on Sunday would “depend on the situation”.