Egypt closes Gaza’s Rafah crossing again

24 Aug
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The Rafah crossing, Gaza’s only connection to the outside world, has been virtually closed since October 2014, allowing only a fraction of Gazans to leave or enter the blockaded enclave.

Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip, 22 August 2015

Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah Crossing with Gaza on Friday, after it had been open for four days to allow emergency cases through.

Spokesperson of Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza Iyad al-Buzom said that 2,579 humanitarian cases left Gaza while 3,178 people entered the coastal territory.

Egypt prevented 146 Palestinians from leaving Gaza, he added.

Some 17,000 Palestinians need to urgently leave the territory, either for medical treatment or to continue their study abroad.

Egypt did not indicate when the crossing would be opened next.

The Rafah crossing, Gaza’s only connection to the outside world, has been virtually closed since October 2014, allowing only a fraction of Gazans to leave or enter the blockaded enclave.

Four Gazans were abducted by masked gunmen in Sinai just minutes after they had passed the Rafah Crossing.

Egypt blames Sinai ISIS for the abduction, but Hamas and Egyptian tribesmen reiterated that the Egyptian security abducted them.

 
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