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Rafah crossing closed for second day in a row
Published Saturday 28/12/2013 (updated) 29/12/2013 18:25
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing on Saturday for the second day in a row, a Palestinian official said.

After being open from Tuesday through Thursday in an exceptional case, the crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip has now been closed two days in a row, the Gaza government's Director of Border Crossings Mahir Abu Sabha told Ma'an.

Sabha said his department was trying to convince Egyptian officials to open the Rafah crossing for as long as possible, in order to ease the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza.

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 former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July by the military, Egypt has repeatedly closed the Rafah border crossing and destroyed hundreds of tunnels that Gazans had used for years to bring in fuel, building materials, and other goods.

The Rafah crossing has been the principal connection between Gaza's 1.7 million residents and the outside world since the imposition of an economic blockade by 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 Gaza residents.
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1 ) Keep firing rockets on ISRAEL / this is the way`
28/12/2013 12:15
to ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

2 ) Arab Bum Licker / USA
28/12/2013 14:09
This is outrageous, how an Arab brother treat his Arab brother in this way, I am hopping up and down with indignation.

3 ) Paul / Kenya
28/12/2013 20:43
Sorry, after they bombed our mall in Nairobi, I have no sympathy for them.

4 ) Lilith / The World
29/12/2013 02:29
Keep the rockets coming folks and the crossing will stay closed permanently

5 ) Outlier / USA
30/12/2013 19:33
2., If I had a brother who spat on me, disrespected me and trashed my room, a lock on his door would be the least of his worries. Enjoy hopping.
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