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Israel closes Gaza border goods-crossing damaged after protests

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Israeli and Palestinian officials confirmed that only goods-crossing between Gaza and Israel was closed until further notice on Saturday after it was damaged during protests.

The Israeli army said the Palestinian side of Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza was badly damaged by dozens of demonstrators late Friday during a day of protests along the border, adding that the Israeli side of the crossing, several hundred meters away, was not breached.

In a statement Israel said "The crossing will remain closed until the damages caused by the riots are repaired and will reopen in accordance with a situation assessment” adding that the fuel terminal at the crossing had been rendered "totally unusable".

It accused the protesters of being "under the auspices of Hamas", the Islamist group that runs the Gaza strip, without providing evidence.

On the other hand, The Palestinian body in charge of coordination at the crossing confirmed the closure.

Kerem Shalom is the only crossing open to transport goods into and out of Gaza, including fuel and food.

A separate people crossing in northern Gaza remains open.

Meanwhile, Egypt opened its border crossing with Gaza- the only one not with Israel - for four days Saturday.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to protest along the Israeli border on Monday against the moving of the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.