Amid Fighting in Sinai, Israel Evacuates Gaza Crossing

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The Times of Israel reports: Israel closed the Kerem Shalom border crossing into the Gaza Strip and pulled out operating crews on Thursday as the Egyptian Army engaged terrorist forces in the adjacent Sinai Peninsula.

Egyptian soldiers, backed with airstrikes, were reportedly operating in the area of Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid, and el-Arish which lie just seven kilometers (4.2 miles) from the Kerem Shalom gateway.

Thirteen jihadis were killed in the fighting, reports said.

The IDF said it closed the crossing, through which goods are transported into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, as a precautionary measure, and that there was no imminent security threat in the area.

The measure was due to ongoing violence in the Sinai between Islamic State militants and Egyptian forces, the military said.

Read more at the Times of Israel



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