Egyptian authorities close Rafah crossing
Published Saturday 26/10/2013 (updated) 26/10/2013 20:08
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Saturday, a Ma'an reporter said.
For a week prior to this closure, the crossing had only been open for pilgrims and other special cases.
Egyptian authorities did not clarify how long Rafah would be closed.
There have been frequent closures of the Rafah terminal in recent months due to political unrest in Egypt and violence in the Sinai peninsula.
After the July coup, which deposed president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's army has repeatedly closed the Rafah border crossing and destroyed hundreds of tunnels that Gazans used for years to import fuel, building materials and other goods.
The Rafah crossing has been the principal connection between Gaza's 1.8 million residents and the outside world since the imposition of an economic blockade by the State of Israel beginning in 2007.
The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.