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Rafah crossing closed for the 3rd day, dozens stranded

Nov. 10, 2013 1:11 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 1:50 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities kept the Rafah land crossing closed for the 3rd day in a row, stranding dozens of Palestinians on either side who were attempting to cross.

Palestinian officials said that Rafah crossing will be closed again on Sunday to traffic from both sides, marking the third day of continuous closure.

Passengers from both sides were left stranded at the crossing as a result.

Egypt closed off the Rafah crossing to traffic from both sides last Friday, after six days in which the crossing was mostly open.

The crossing has frequently been shut down or operating at reduced capacity due to ongoing unrest in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and political tensions resulting from former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in July.

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