Egypt Closes Rafah Crossing with Gaza

Palestinians await permission to enter Egypt at the Rafah Crossing. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

Egypt has told Gaza authorities it will close the Rafah border crossing from Monday, a spokesman for the Palestinian enclave’s Hamas government said.

“We were informed by the Egyptian authorities that the Rafah crossing will be closed tomorrow, Monday, in both directions,” Iyad al-Bozom, a spokesman for the Gaza interior ministry, said in a statement Sunday evening.

Security sources in Egypt confirmed the move, saying the crossing would be closed until further notice, without offering details or saying why.

Egypt had ordered the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt – the enclave’s only border point not controlled by Israel — to open in May to allow wounded Gazans to be treated in Egyptian hospitals and to deliver aid.

The opening came in the aftermath of the 11-day Israeli war on Gaza. Egypt had brokered the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas which ended the hostilities. The Egyptian decision to close Rafah comes after a weekend of violence on Gaza’s eastern frontier.

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