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Egypt closes Rafah crossing
Published Friday 11/07/2014 (updated) 14/07/2014 12:02
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Friday, having opened it for one day to allow Palestinians injured in Israel's military assault to seek treatment.

"We received orders from the Egyptian authorities to close the Rafah crossing after we partially opened it on Thursday," spokesman for Gaza's interior ministry Iyad al-Buzm told Ma'an.

The ministry strongly condemned the decision by Egypt as it had prepared buses and ambulances to take wounded Palestinians to the crossing.

Only 11 Palestinians were able to cross Rafah on Thursday when Egypt opened the crossing, al-Buzm added.

Over 600 Palestinians have been injured in Israel's assault on Gaza with hospitals in the besieged enclave struggling to cope with the amount of casualties.

During Israel's 2012 assault on Gaza, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi condemned "Israeli aggression" and sent his prime minister to Gaza in a show of support for the Palestinians.

Since the military overthrew him in July 2013, Cairo has cracked down on smuggling tunnels to the Gaza Strip and accused Hamas of aiding the Brotherhood in militant attacks inside Egypt.
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1 ) Tom / USA
11/07/2014 14:55
Egyptians doing what they do best being the dogs that they are. SHAME ON YOU COWARDS!

2 ) maisie / UK
11/07/2014 15:13
To Tom @1): What do you expect from a country that imprisons journalists on cartoonish trumped up charges and is rewarded by even more military aid by the US in order to keep it in bed with Israel? How on earth can people expect a cease fire from Hamas when the screws have been so tightened over decades. Am sure those many who have seen nothing but brutal occupation feel they have nothing more to lose by continuing to fight, no matter how bad the odds.

3 ) Paul / Kenya
11/07/2014 18:58
Truth be told, no one wants the Palestinians---even their Arab cousins hate them. Hmmmm, wonders why.....

4 ) nazib / bangladesh
11/07/2014 20:17
el sisi is a traitor we Muslims hate him



5 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
11/07/2014 20:37
There was a report out earlier today that Egypt stopped Hamas from smuggling men and rockets from Gaza into Egypt to fire rockets at Israel and Egyptian targets from within Egypt. Egypt is not prepared to let terrorists into the country.

6 ) M. M. Chughtai / United Kingdom
11/07/2014 21:24
Egyptian forces stand to lose 3 billion dollars from America. Egypt has to do Israeli bidding keep receiving this aid.

7 ) ABE / USA
11/07/2014 21:38
Hamas is "loved" LOL LOL

8 ) Arnold / Canada
11/07/2014 21:53
Tom / USA. Wake up . This is a religious war mixed in with survival of regimes. Cairo wants nothing to do with Shia vs Sunni and that is what will happen if Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood are emboldened.

9 ) Kerry / Denmark
11/07/2014 23:24
I have to agree Egyptians should be ashamed of themselves, there revolution has brought them nothing but showing they are a country of female molesters and slaves of Israel.

10 ) Sam / USA
12/07/2014 01:14
Sisi Closed the gates because about a thousand showed up without passports, without injuries, etc., only suitcases. They want away from Hamas at any cost.

11 ) Peter Spalding / USA
12/07/2014 07:21
This is a shameful action. Israeli/Zionist aggression would not be so successful if they didn't have so many backstopping their criminal acts. Signals a complete reversion to Mubarak era

12 ) Hani / Palestine
12/07/2014 09:21
Shame on you bastards. You call yourselves Muslims? You are scum! When the Mujahideen come for you make sure you have your running shoes on. Repent and help your fellow Muslims before it is too late. SAY NO TO BORDERS! Wallah Haram Alaykum!!!

13 ) Amr / USA
13/07/2014 23:05
Arnold, probably best to leave this discussion to people who are able to think. Not every conflict in the Middle East is about Sunni and Shia, indeed this is not at all a factor in the current violence. Israel (a self proclaimed Jewish state in case that wasn't clear to you) is bombarding Palestinians (Muslims and even Christians) and this is not a religious war, it is a military and colonial occupation of an indigenous people. Your statement so blatantly belies your ignorance in the matter
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