Hundreds Cross but Egypt Bans 74 Palestinians from Traveling through Rafah

Egyptian soldiers at the Egypt-Rafah border crossing. (Photo: IRIN, file)

Egyptian authorities prevented 74 Palestinians from travelling through the Rafah crossing over the past few days, QudsPress reported the Palestinian Crossings and Border Committee saying.

The Committee said that 1,898 Palestinians passed through the Rafah Crossing during over the three days that the crossing has been opened. Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities prevented 74 Palestinians from passing through the crossing, giving no more details.

A journalist working with an Arabic satellite TV channel based in London told MEMO that he was prevented from leaving the Gaza Strip through the crossing because of security concerns.

The journalist also said that he could not leave through the Erez crossing, between Gaza and Israel, as he could not obtain the necessary permits.

On Sunday, Egypt announced that it would open the Rafah crossing in both directions for four days.

Egypt has upheld an Israeli military blockade on the Gaza Strip for the majority of the past three years, since the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and the rise to power of President Mohamed Al-Sisi.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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