Gaza crowd on the entrance of Rafah crossing after its closure, March 2014

Egypt re-closes the Rafah crossing until further notice

PNN/ Gaza/
The Egyptian authorities on Friday re-closed the Rafah crossing south Gaza after it was opened for a week in both directions.

Director of the border crossing in the Gaza Strip, Maher Abu Sabha urged Egypt to open the crossing around the clock, since it is the only window for over one million people.

On Friday, about 450 people traveled to Egypt through the crossing, 88 traveled back to the strip whereas Egypt returned 10 people without giving any justifications.

Egypt opened the ground crossing on Saturday for 3 days, and extended the opening until Friday, which is the longest period of opening during this year.

The crossing is the only non-Israeli crossing point for the strip, and Egypt has kept it largely shut since Cairo’s Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was toppled by the army in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.