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Egypt closes Rafah for national holiday

July 23, 2018 1:03 P.M. (Updated: July 25, 2018 1:05 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian authorities decided to close the Rafah crossing in the southern besieged Gaza Strip on Monday to mark the Egyptian celebrations of Revolution Day.

Revolution Day refers to the anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of July 23rd 1952, which led to the declaration of the modern republic of Egypt, ending the period of the Kingdom of Egypt.

The administration of the Rafah crossing said that Monday is an official holiday for the Egyptian side of the border.

On Sunday, five ambulances entered Egypt through the Rafah crossing transporting nine injured Palestinians, who suffered injuries during the Gaza protests and were accompanied by another nine companions.

Three buses carrying about 270 passengers have crossed into Egypt from Gaza before the temporary closure.

There are three crossings into the Gaza Strip and one of them is the Gaza-Egypt crossing known as the Rafah crossing in southern Gaza, which is specifically used for pedestrians.
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