A source at the Palestinian District Coordination Office reported on Friday morning that Israeli soldiers closed al-Tuffah checkpoint, west of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

A local source in Khan Younis said that soldiers barred the residents from crossing, forcing them back after waiting for several hours.

Al-Tuffah checkpoint is the installed on the only road which al-Mawassi residents can use in order to reach Khan Younis and other parts of the Gaza Strip.

Al-Mawassi was completely surrounded since the beginning of the Intifada in 2000, causing very harsh living conditions to its 9000 thousand residents who are also facing repeated attacks by the settlers in the area. 

Also on Friday, Israeli soldiers closed Salah ed-Deen road, which is the main link between the northern Gaza Strip areas with the south.

Soldiers barred the residents from crossing and conducted military searches; several residents were held and interrogated.