Egypt shuts Rafah border crossing

Egyptian officials have closed down the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, a week after it permanently reopened, news reports say.

Hundreds of Palestinians seeking to cross into Egypt were faced with a locked gate on Saturday, Ayub Abu Shaa, head of the Hamas police unit at Rafah told AFP.

According to Egyptian sources, the crossing remained closed for works which were to have been completed on Friday and efforts were underway to allow through Palestinian buses.

Egypt opened the Rafah crossing, which is Gaza’s only way to the outside world bypassing Israel on May 28 — almost four years after Israel imposed a land and sea blockade on the impoverished enclave.

( / 04.06.2011)

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