Israel closes sole people crossing with Gaza after riot: army

"Yesterday, a violent riot was instigated in the area of the Erez crossing, with the participation of hundreds of Palestinian…

“Yesterday, a violent riot was instigated in the area of the Erez crossing, with the participation of hundreds of Palestinian rioters,” the army said in a statement.

“Subsequently, it was decided to close the Erez crossing until the damage caused by the rioters will be repaired.”

The Palestinians were protesting against a US announcement on Friday that it would cease all funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) which helps some three million needy refugees.

Washington, which until last year was by far the biggest contributor to the UNRWA, had already plunged the nearly 70-year-old agency into financial crisis in January with its announcement of a $300 million funding freeze.

In Gaza, most children attend UNRWA-run schools whose funding beyond the end of this month is now in doubt, along with that of the agency’s network of clinics and food distribution centres.

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