Middle East

Hamas closes Gaza crossing with Israel after shadowy killing

  • Masked gunmen from the Qassam brigade,  the militia wing of Hamas, carry the body of Mazen Faqha, during his funeral in Gaza City, Saturday, March, 25, 2017. The former Palestinian prisoner whom Israel sent to Gaza after his release was found shot dead at the entrance of his house in Gaza City. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    Masked gunmen from the Qassam brigade, the militia wing of Hamas, carry the body of Mazen Faqha, during his funeral in Gaza City, Saturday, March, 25, 2017. The former Palestinian prisoner whom Israel sent to Gaza after his release was found shot dead at the entrance of his house in Gaza City. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mourners attend the funeral of Mazen Faqha, in Gaza City, Saturday, March, 25, 2017. The former Palestinian prisoner whom Israel sent to Gaza after his release was found shot dead at the entrance of his house in Gaza City. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    Mourners attend the funeral of Mazen Faqha, in Gaza City, Saturday, March, 25, 2017. The former Palestinian prisoner whom Israel sent to Gaza after his release was found shot dead at the entrance of his house in Gaza City. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Masked gunmen from the Qassam brigade, the militia wing of Hamas, surround the body of Mazen Faqha, during his funeral in Gaza City, Saturday, March, 25, 2017. The former Palestinian prisoner whom Israel sent to Gaza after his release was found shot dead at the entrance of his house in Gaza City. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    Masked gunmen from the Qassam brigade, the militia wing of Hamas, surround the body of Mazen Faqha, during his funeral in Gaza City, Saturday, March, 25, 2017. The former Palestinian prisoner whom Israel sent to Gaza after his release was found shot dead at the entrance of his house in Gaza City. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

Hamas authorities have shut down the Gaza border with Israel following the mysterious killing of a senior militant.

Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad al-Bozum said Sunday that the Erez crossing point will be "fully closed in both directions" until further notice.

The rare measure reflects Hamas' shock after one of its senior militants, Mazen Faqha, was found shot dead at the entrance of his Gaza City house late Friday. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, said Faqha was shot four times in the head with a silenced gun and blamed Israel for "assassinating" him, but provided no proof to support the accusation.

Faqha was freed in a 2011 prisoner exchange after Israel jailed him for directing suicide bombing attacks against Israelis. Hamas leaders vowed revenge for the death.