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Rafah crossing to close for holidays

Aug. 16, 2018 11:38 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 16, 2018 4:05 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian authorities announced, on Wednesday evening, the closure of the Rafah crossing in the southern besieged Gaza Strip during the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday next week.

According to the Rafah crossing administration, the crossing will be closed in both directions during the Eid al-Adha holiday.

The Rafah crossing with Gaza will be closed from Monday August 20th, 2018 until Saturday August 25th, 2018.

The administration added that work on the crossing will resume on Sunday August 26th, 2018.

About 250 Palestinians cross the Rafah crossing daily into Egypt, while many others are signed up on waiting lists, awaiting departure from the besieged Gaza Strip.

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. However, it is often closed and lacks infrastructure for it to be a main commercial crossing.

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