Egypt closes Rafah border crossing

Egypt closes Rafah border crossing after 450 Palestinians went through border in last day

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Egyptian authorities have said they closed Rafah border crossing, that was opened a week ago, after 450 Gazans crossed into Egyptian side.

Maher Ali Abu Subha, head of the Palestinian Border Crossing Authority told Anadolu Agency that 450 Gazan people crossed into Egyptian side on Friday from Rafah border gate which Egypt opened in both directions.

He also said 88 Palestinians crossed into, Gaza adding that he hopes the border gate to be re-opened soon.

Egypt opened the border crossing, which is the only door of Gaza opened to the world, on June 13, 2015 in both directions.

Except for Rafah border crossing, six out of seven border gates of Gaza, that have been under blockade since 2006, is under control of Israel.

The Gaza Strip has seen the worst casualties since 2009 in terms of people dying due to dire humanitarian situation caused by the blockade imposed by Egypt and Israel, and since the beginning of 2015 the crossing has been open for only five days in total.

The Rafah border crossing is the main road linking the Egyptian border town of Rafah to the Palestinian Gaza strip. It has been mostly closed since the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, as a result of subsequent militant attacks on security and military headquarters in the bordering Sinai Peninsula.

Egyptian authorities have confirmed that the Rafah crossing will be open for humanitarian causes for three days.

TRTWorld and agencies