The Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday decided to close Karem Abu Salem crossing, southeast of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip, until further notice.

The closure followed Israeli air strikes launched east of Rafah near the border crossing.

Karem Abu Salem is the sole outlet through which goods are brought into the besieged Gaza Strip. The Israeli authorities usually close the crossing on Fridays and Saturdays and during Jewish holidays.

The Israeli occupation army announced later on Sunday that it had destroyed a Hamas tunnel running from Gaza into the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli army spokesman claimed that the destroyed tunnel, which passes under Karem Abu Salem, is 1.5 km long