Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and Gaza, after two rockets fired from the Strip exploded in the southern Israeli town of Sderot early Thursday. The rockets were fired as U.S. President Barack Obama was beginning the second day of his first visit to the country as president. The rockets exploded near the border with the Gaza Strip, causing damage to one house. No casualties were reported.
A second rocket exploded in an open area in Sderot. Two other rocket launches were detected by the IDF, but landed in Gaza.
Ya’alon decided that the crossing will operate for humanitarion purposes only and will be reopened once the security situation permits it.
Political sources in Jerusalem said Israel was not expected to respond to the rocket fire: “The Israeli response will come at the right time and the right place,” they said.
Sources also said they were waiting for a clear message of condemnation from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his own meeting with Obama in Ramallah later Thursday.