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Egypt turns back 450 people at Rafah crossing
Published Sunday 31/07/2011 (updated) 01/08/2011 19:39
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities on Saturday turned back 450 people from Gaza at the Rafah border crossing.

The step was believed to be related to the deteriorating security situation in Egypt's Sinai. Five people were killed in clashes which erupted Friday between the army and Islamists in the city of Al-Arish. The unrest spread to Rafah, a city which straddles the Egypt-Gaza border.

The Ministry of Interior in Gaza said in a statement that those who were scheduled to travel on July 21 and on Thursday would be given priority to cross the border on Monday.

The ministry added that those traveling to study, work or seek medical treatment would be given priority to cross the border from Monday.

Gaza residents hailed Egypt's decision to reopen the Rafah border crossing in May, after an uprising overthrew the government of former President Hosni Mubarak.

The decision ended Egypt's cooperation with a Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave.

But since the border reopened, Egypt has closely restricted the number of travelers able to cross each day, leading to repeated requests from Palestinians including the Gaza-based Hamas government for larger travel quotas.

AFP contributed to this report
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1 ) ramzi / gaza
31/07/2011 17:33
ah where is the free flow our brothers never promised but we thought they will

2 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA
01/08/2011 03:47
So much for the free and open Rafah Crossing now that Egypt is "running it".

3 ) Jasmina / USA
01/08/2011 17:44
"The decision ended Egypt's cooperation with a Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave" Seems to me they have a common enemy Hamas

4 ) BEN JABO / ISRAE
01/08/2011 18:01
2 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA (Just another voice from the peanut gallery)

Jerrold since you don't approve of how they're doing it, go there and show them how it's to be done, it's high time you left the safety of the USA and got some real first hand experience, instead of relying on computer gossip
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