Egypt shuts down Rafah crossing at Gaza border after 4 days of open passage

# 01:29
10 May 2017

The Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing at Egypt-Gaza border after four consecutive days of allowing Palestinians to return to Gaza from Egypt, media reported Tuesday, APA reports quoting Sputnik.


According to Ma'an News Agency, citing the Egyptian Borders and Crossings Committee, a total of 3,068 Palestinians were able to enter the Gaza Strip from Egypt since Saturday. Dozens of truckloads were also allowed to Gaza, the same reports added.

The decision to open the crossing was reportedly announced by Cairo on Thursday after the request of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Egypt has kept Rafah crossing mostly closed since 2013, opening it every several weeks to allow passage for a few thousand people.


According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as many as 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza remain "locked in", denied free access to the remainder of the territory and the outside world due to Israel's movement restrictions which had intensified since June 2007.