This morning (12.03.12), three mortars were launched by Palestinians on the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Date: 12.03.12    

A truck and a van on their way to deliver goods to the Gaza Strip were hit by the mortars. Following the shooting, activity at the crossing was suspended for just a few minutes. After evaluating the situation, it was decided to continue operations at the crossing, transferring the goods from Israel into the Gaza Strip.

We would like to stress that even yesterday the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings continued to function, despite the threats and constant firing by the terrorist organizations in Gaza.  Yesterday, over 180 trucks were transferred to Gaza. The IDF will continue to act in order to prevent terrorism emanating from the Gaza Strip.  At the same time, the IDF and COGAT will continue to distinguish between the terrorist organizations and the civilian population.  Despite the continuous barrage of mortars and artillery rockets from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, we continue to abide by our commitments to transfer goods through the Kerem Shalom crossing to the people of Gaza in an efficient and secure manner.