Israel has blocked the supply of fuel and gas to the besieged Gaza Strip.
Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman ordered the halt in fuel shipments via the partially sealed off Karam Abu Salem commercial border crossing. The decision, which came into effect on Thursday, will continue until further notice.
Israel shuts Gaza's only commercial crossing for fuel and gas cooking till further notice.
Gaza is sentenced to death. What if it was Tel Aviv? Huh!#GreatReturnMarch #StopArmingIsrael pic.twitter.com/E0TYtgssGb
— AbdelKarim Alkahlout #Gaza (@KareemN96) August 1, 2018
On July 9, Israel shut down the sole commercial crossing to the besieged Palestinian territory, cutting the supply of essential commodities to the nearly two million residents.
The move only allowed for the transfer of humanitarian needs such as cooking gas as well as wheat and flour into Gaza, an official responsible for coordinating the movement of cargo through the border confirmed to Al Jazeera last month.
Israel has halted entry of fuel & gas into the occupied Gaza Strip til further notice, citing incendiary balloons & "friction" along the perimeter fence.
Without accountability, these policies of collective punishment will go on.https://t.co/pzSZzziWAj
— Ben White (@benabyad) August 1, 2018
The closure also affected Gaza’s exports, further straining an already crippled economy brought to its knees by the 12-year blockade.
Some 40 to 50 trucks transporting local goods used to leave the strip on daily basis, the official at the border in Gaza had said.
The coastal enclave suffers from a severe lack of electricity and relies on fuel-powered generators during outages that last hours at a time.
Israeli Regime Minister Avigdor Lieberman again bans fuel & gas supplies into #Gaza #غزة through the Kerem Salam crossing ࿐
Continued oppression & incitement against besieged #Gaza with impunity#Warcrimes#ICC4Israel #IsraeliTerrorism #GroupPalestine#قروب_فلسطيني pic.twitter.com/ir4eLlmEUn
— ✖️???? Ᾰฑฑ༈℮ ????✖️ (@Betelgeuse100) August 2, 2018
In recent weeks, Palestinians in Gaza have been protesting against the naval, aerial and land blockade imposed by Israel and neighboring Egypt since 2006.
Since March 30, Palestinians in Gaza have also been protesting for their right to return to the homes from which they were expelled in 1948.
Report of Israeli crimes & violations during peaceful #GreatReturnMarch demonstrations at #Gaza border has been handed over to @IntlCrimCourt by Great March of Return Committee #GroupPalestine#قروب_فلسطيني pic.twitter.com/BiR0w9kBOK
— ✖️???? Ᾰฑฑ༈℮ ????✖️ (@Betelgeuse100) August 1, 2018
Over 150 people have been killed by Israeli gunfire during the popular demonstrations – dubbed the Great March of Return – that have been taking place along the fence with Israel.
(AJE, PC, Social Media)