Southern District Commander Tal Russo of the Israel Defense Forces ordered the Kerem Shalom Crossing, where Israel, Egypt and Gaza meet, closed to freight deliveries intended for Gaza, Monday, out of security considerations, following an assessment of the situation in light of rocket and mortar-shell attacks of the previous 24 hours. The re-opening of the crossing will depend on the cessation of the missile fire and other security considerations, to be determined in another assessment of the situation.
Monday marks the sixth anniversary of the raid by Gaza terrorists on a nearby army base that resulted in the abduction of corporal Gilad Shalit and the deaths of Israeli soldiers Hanan Barak and Pavel Slutzker and two terrorists. Shalit and three other soldiers were wounded. Shalit was released last October, in exchange for more than a thousand security prisoners.