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August 15, 2013 11:30 am

Gaza-Sinai Border Crossing Closed Indefinitely Following Unrest in Egypt

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UN supplies truck at Rafah Crossing at Gaza border. Photo: wiki commons.

Egypt closed its border crossing with the Gaza Strip indefinitely on Thursday, a day after widespread violence in the country left hundreds dead, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported.

Mahir Abu Sabha, director of border crossings for the Hamas-run government in Gaza, said in a statement that the Rafah crossing would be closed heading in both directions “due to bad security conditions in North Sinai district,” according to the Ma’an report.

Egyptian authorities also closed the border crossing for several days after the military overthrew Islamist Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in early July, and later reopened it, at a reduced traffic capacity. According to Ma’an, only holders of visas and passports from foreign countries, Egyptian citizens and Gaza patients have been allowed to leave Gaza via the crossing since the July coup.

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  • Mike

    I am a Muslim born in Egypt. We visited Israel couple of times and we wish Israel peace and security because the hate I exeperienced against Israel in Egypt when I was living there is enough remove the whole earth of the galaxy.

    I am glad that my fellow Egyptians stand against Muslim Brotherhood (MB) who want to control the world in the name of Islam. From what I studied, my prophet (pbeh) had good relationship when he started his message. Also, from what I studied, King Tut Ankh Amon had good relationship with 1st Israel. I do not see why Egypt should not have good relationship with current Israel. I met many Plaestinians in the U.S. who are proud of being under Israel. It is only dirty politics and Hamas is not but one of those.

    I attended AIPAC conference when Israel withdrew from Gaza and I asked the speaker: “How about Egypt after you leave Gaza?”. I asked this questions because I realized that MB started spread especially in America with money from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf to the politician and with those MB attend univerisities for education, they got even PHd. They planned to take over in Egypt with one purpose in mind, it is to “return the land to the Palestinians especially Hamas” which means “destroying Israel”. That was my background when I asked the question. The speaker called to come back to ask a question: “Why I said that?” and I said: “This is the way I feel.”

    Well, I just wish Israel and Egypt best relationship because this is the normal condition that should exist between those two beloved countries.

    We pray for Israel all the times because Satan is alive and well.

    I believe the Egyptian Government should put everything in the hands of Israel to do what she does best (to take care of herself).

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