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Gaza official: Palestinians unable to cross into Egypt

Aug. 18, 2013 11:21 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 19, 2013 3:40 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians are not being allowed to cross into Egypt via the Rafah crossing, a Hamas official said Sunday.

Maher Abu Sabha, general director of the ministry of interior in Gaza, told Ma'an that the Rafah crossing was open on Saturday, but no passengers from Gaza were allowed to cross over.

"The Egyptian side asked us to allow only one bus to enter and we prepared it and sent it to the Egyptian side, however, no passengers were allowed before 2 p.m and after, 50 travelers were allowed into Gaza, but no Palestinians were allowed into Egypt at all," he said.

There has been no information about whether the crossing will be open on Sunday, he added.

On Saturday Egypt "reopened the Rafah crossing to allow through international travelers" who hold foreign passports and "humanitarian cases," Gaza's interior ministry said.

Days earlier, Egypt announced it was closing "indefinitely" the Rafah crossing for security reasons a day after deadly violence nationwide.

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