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Egyptian authorities close Rafah crossing
Published Saturday 08/02/2014 (updated) 09/02/2014 15:32
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Saturday after keeping the terminal open for three days, a Palestinian official said.

A Gaza border crossing official told Ma'an that Rafah would be opened again on Sunday and Monday to allow a group of Umrah pilgrims to continue their journey home from Saudi Arabia.

The official said that throughout the last three days, 1,922 people left the Gaza Strip for Egypt and 1,120 arrived in Gaza from Egypt.

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 the State of Israel beginning in 2007.

Egypt has frequently closed the terminal since the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi in July. Hundreds of tunnels that Gazans used for years to import fuel, building materials, and other goods were also destroyed.
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1 ) Bernard / usa
09/02/2014 02:06
Can anyone tell me why the border between Gaza and Egypt is not open all the time. just like the border between all European countries, or USA and Canada

2 ) Henri / France > Israel
09/02/2014 16:39
@1 Bernard Just because they are so close friends !!!

3 ) Border / Crossing
09/02/2014 17:19
Bernard #1 - Egyptian authority need to keep Rafa border crossing closed to prevent palestinian terrorists entering Egypt. The answer is very simple. It is exactly the same reason Israeli authority keeps border crossings between Israel and Gaza closed.
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