Israel evacuates Karni crossing, Gaza protests hotspot

Karni crossing, the former passage between the Gaza Strip and Israel, is being taken down to complete the controversial Gaza border wall.

A Palestinian waves a flag near a destroyed section of the border wall between the Gaza Strip and Egypt (photo credit: REUTERS)
A Palestinian waves a flag near a destroyed section of the border wall between the Gaza Strip and Egypt
(photo credit: REUTERS)

The evacuation of the Karni crossing adjoining the Gaza Strip, which has been a hot spot for protests throughout the years, officially began Sunday morning.

The evacuation and demolition of the border crossing are intended to allow for the completion of the Gaza Strip security barrier. The operation will take place over several weeks, during which construction of the security barrier will be carried out by the Defense Ministry and the IDF’s Gaza Division.

The operation, in addition to other steps, is designed to improve security in the Gaza periphery, the IDF said Sunday.

An IDF army post is seen next to a concrete wall inside the Israeli farming community of Netiv Haasara, just outside Gaza Strip by the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border (credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)An IDF army post is seen next to a concrete wall inside the Israeli farming community of Netiv Haasara, just outside Gaza Strip by the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border (credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)

The Karni crossing has been used for the passage of employees traveling between Gaza and Israel as well as for goods and products. In 2011, the crossing was closed after several attacks occurred there.

Since then, all goods passing between Israel and Gaza go through the Kerem Shalom crossing, while workers pass through the Erez crossing.