- Published on Friday, 17 August 2012 10:04
On Friday 17th August, Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported that the Rafah crossing will be closed starting from today for five days during the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which comes after the holy month of Ramadan.
An Egyptian official source at the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt announced that it will be reopened on Wednesday morning, and that humanitarian cases and pilgrims who are coming back from Saudi Arabia will still be able to cross while the border is closed to others.
The Rafah crossing is usually closed on Friday of each week, and in holidays.
Major General Nader al-A'sar, of Egypt's intelligence agency, also said recently that the crossing will return to normal after Eid al-Fitr. This will allow for the same amount of fuel to be brought into Gaza as before the attack at an Egyptian security checkpoint and Karam Abu Salim Crossing on the 5th August.