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Israel closes Gaza crossing for second day

Feb. 27, 2013 5:46 P.M. (Updated: March 1, 2013 12:56 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities closed the Kerem Shalom crossing point in the Gaza Strip for a second day in a row Wednesday after a projectile fired from Gaza struck Israeli territory.

Israeli military liaison officials told their Palestinian counterparts that the crossing would be completely closed, while the Erez crossing would be open only for humanitarian and diplomatic cases.

On Monday a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a road near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israeli police said. There were no reports of injury or damage.

The incident came amid clashes following the death of Arafat Jadarat, a Palestinian detainee, in Israeli prison custody. An autopsy of his body showed signs of torture, according to Palestinian health officials.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, affiliated with Fatah, claimed responsibility for firing the rocket.

Israeli authorities closed Kerem Shalom on Monday due to the Jewish holiday Purim.
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