Israel detains Palestinian at Gaza crossing

Abu Sabha said that Israeli forces frequently detained Palestinians at the border crossing, which is controlled by Israel

GAZA CITY (AA) – Israeli authorities have detained a Palestinian merchant at the Erez border crossing, which links Israel to the blockaded Gaza Strip, in the second incident of its kind this week.

Israeli authorities last night detained Palestinian merchant Sami Shuhaiber while he was attempting to cross the border terminal to reach his business in the occupied West Bank, according to Maher Abu Sabha, head of the Palestinian border authority.

Abu Sabha said that Israeli forces frequently detained Palestinians at the border crossing, which is controlled by Israel.

On Tuesday, Israeli authorities had detained another Palestinian merchant at the Erez crossing.

Ali al-Hayek, head of the Gaza businessmen's association, decried the detentions.

Al-Hayek told The Anadolu Agency that Israeli forces had detained eight Palestinian merchants since the beginning of the year.

The Erez crossing is generally dedicated to the movement of individuals between the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank.

Blockaded by Israel – by air, land and sea – since 2007, the Gaza Strip has seven border crossings linking it to the outside world.

Six of these crossings are controlled by Israel, while a seventh – the Rafah crossing – is controlled by Egypt, which continues to keep it tightly sealed for the most part.

Israel sealed four of its commercial crossings with Gaza in June 2007 after Hamas wrested control of the strip from the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.

As it currently stands, Israeli authorities only allow the Kerem Shalom crossing – which links Gaza to both Israel and Egypt – to operate, and that for commercial purposes only.

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