"Israeli authorities informed the commission [ministry] regarding the closure of Beit Hanoun crossing since Sunday morning and that it will be closed for those traveling outside of Gaza, while for Palestinians returning to Gaza, it will remain open," Mohammed Maqadma was quoted as saying by the Ma'an news agency.
The official explained that the reason for the closure was a march organized by Palestinians on Saturday near Gaza’s northern border, as well as the continuing Great March of Return, the Palestinian protest campaign against Israel.
Tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians near the Gaza border have been mounting since late March, which marked the beginning of the Great March of Return. The recent disturbances on the Israeli-Gaza border have been caused by continued shelling and the launch of arson balloons by Hamas militants into Israeli territories.
The clashes have already left at least 170 Palestinians dead and about 18,000 others injured.