While the Gaza crossings are typically closed for Jewish and national holidays, it is uncommon for Israel to shut them for punitive reasons.
On Wednesday night, four rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel. Two of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, a third struck an open field and the fourth fell short of the border and hit a school in the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli officials.
In the past week, over a dozen rockets have been fired from Gaza. A number of them fell short, five were shot down by the Iron Dome and six struck Israel, two of them causing damage in the southern town of Sderot.
On his Arabic Facebook page, the army’s chief liaison to Palestinians wrote: “This evening Iron Dome intercepted two rocket shells launched from the Gaza strip. Residents of Gaza, unless they tell you what happened with another missile fired from Gaza, it’s important to know that the missile hit the general school of Ghazi in Beit Hanoun and destroyed a classroom room there.