Protest barred from bid to block aid trucks at Gaza crossing

The army is attempting to quash a planned protest where activists hoped to block trucks of humanitarian aid going into Gaza at the Kerem Shalom crossing, declaring the area a closed military zone, protest organizers say.

A couple of dozen protesters are attempting to make their way on foot to the crossing after being stopped by police near Urim, some 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Kerem Shalom as the crow flies. Others are trying to make their way on foot via Route 10, which runs alongside the Egypt border.

Protesters wave Israeli flags and hold signs accusing the government of helping the enemy and harming troops. “Aid to the enemy kills soldiers,” reads one.

The small demonstration is organized by groups called Torat IDF, which says it aims to keep the army Jewish, and the Mothers’ March, which says it represents the parents of soldiers fighting in Gaza.

“Unbelievable. We send our soldiers to fight and the general of the Southern Command decides to protect the Hamas trucks?” Mothers’ March head Sima Hasson fumes in a social media post.

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