Gazan resistance fighters launched shells at an Israeli army post in the southern Gaza Strip Tuesday, while Israeli soldiers responded with their own shells in various parts of the Gaza Strip.  The Rafah border crossing remains closed, despite a recent decision to open it. 

Four homemade shells targeted an Israeli army post at Kerem Shalom crossing south of the Gaza strip Tuesday evening.  The National Resistance Brigades, the armed wing of the Democratic Front of the Liberation of Palestine (FLIP) and the Al Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, took responsibility for the incident and said the action was a response to the Israeli army’s aggression against the Palestinian people and pledged to continue the resistance.

The army continued shelling residential areas of the northern Gaza Strip Wednesday.  The shelling hit areas in Beit Lahia, Abu Safia, Jabalia refugee camp and Beit Hanoun, local sources reported.  Tanks also attacked the Khan Younis District in southern Gaza, firing at least 10 shells.  No casualties have been reported.  

The Israeli army prevented European Union observers Wednesday at dawn from entering Rafah crossing where they are stationed for their jobs.  The army cited security reasons, saying that no one was to enter or leave through the Rafah crossing, which is the only way in and out of the Gaza Strip.  According to an EU observer spokesperson, a meeting was scheduled between the Israelis and EU monitors to discuss reopening the crossing as soon as possible.  Israeli control of Rafah crossing is in violation of a November 2005 agreement signed between the Palestinian National Authority and Israel that grants operation responsibilities to the Palestinians and EU monitors.  

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