IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson
Five facts about the Gaza Strip border’s Karni Crossing
Date: 10/03/2011, 10:35 PM Author: IDF (Zahal) Website
1. The Karni Crossing is situated just over a mile west from Kibbutz Nachal Oz, on the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip.
2. The Crossing was named after Joseph Karni, an inventor who built a modern packing house for sorting citrus fruit next to the neighborhood of Shuja’iyya in the Gaza Strip in 1967.
3. In 1996, activity in the crossing was temporarily halted as a result of the suicide bomber who infiltrated through Karni and succeeded in carrying out an attack in Dizingof Center.
4. In the year 2005, Palestinian terrorists blew up an explosive device at the Karni Crossing and opened fire toward civilians and local workers. Six Israelis were killed and five injured in the attack. In response, the Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz closed the crossing temporarily.
5. Most recently it was decided to close the crossing to vassals and to transfer activities to the Kerem Shalom Crossing. This comes as a response to security threats surrounding the crossing including past, numerous shooting attacks as well as mortar shells and Qassam rocket landings.