Israel closes Gaza crossings and reduces fishing zone; civilian access must be allowed

November 12, 2019. This morning, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories announced that “following the situation” Israel has closed the crossings between Israel and Gaza to movement in both directions until further notice – Erez Crossing to movement of people and Kerem Shalom to movement of goods – and reduced the “fishing zone” it enforces in the Strip’s territorial waters to a distance of only 6 nautical miles off Gaza’s coast.

Gisha emphasizes that Israel has an obligation to allow the continued provision of necessities to residents of Gaza and to enable travel. At a minimum, humanitarian access must be allowed. Gisha is following with great concern the impact of these developments on the lives of civilians. The civilian population must be kept out of the line of fire.