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Egypt closes Gaza crossing due to unrest

Aug. 15, 2013 11:36 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 17, 2013 9:46 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Egypt on Thursday closed its border crossing with the Gaza Strip in both directions indefinitely due to the ongoing unrest in the country, Palestinian officials said.

Mahir Abu Sabha, director of border crossings in the Hamas-run government in Gaza, confirmed in a statement that Egypt officially informed his department that the Rafah crossing would be closed in both directions “due to bad security conditions in North Sinai district.”

The Gaza ministry of interior had announced Wednesday that all passenger registration offices were closed and all previous passenger lists were cancelled.

Since July 3, the Rafah crossing, Gaza’s only exit to the outside world, has been operating at a reduced capacity for emergency cases only.

Only holders of visas and passports from foreign countries, Egyptian citizens and Gaza patients have been allowed to leave Gaza via Rafah crossing.

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