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Gaza-Egypt Border Sealed for 6 Eid Days,
Closes Fridays and Saturdays
Gaza-Egypt border sealed for 6 days
Published today (updated) 15/11/2010 18:25 RAFAH (Ma'an) --
Border officials said the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt would
close Monday for six days over the Eid Al-Adha holiday.
Egyptian official said the closure also applied to Egypt's port Awja in
central Sinai, and that the Rafah crossing would follow the port's
weekend closures, shutting down every Friday and Saturday.
light of the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza, the Egyptian border
offers a potential lifeline for the besieged population, and their only
link to the outside world.
When Hamas took control of the Strip
in 2007 Egypt sealed the border, opening it on very few occasions until
On 23 January 2008, Palestinian militants destroyed a
section of the wall with explosives, and thousands of residents poured
into Egypt in an unprecedented scene, stockpiling goods that had been
cut off by Israel's blockade. At the time, aid officials in Gaza said
the coastal enclave was days away from a humanitarian crisis.
breakthrough led to accusations from Israel that Egyptian security at
the border was inadequate. The US threatened to withhold military aid
from Egypt unless it took action to improve border security.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak opened Rafah crossing indefinitely in
June following Israelís raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship on 31 May, in
which nine passengers were killed. The raid sparked international
condemnation of Israelís blockade of the Strip, and became the subject
of a UN investigation.
Meanwhile, Israel's Interior Minister Eli
Yishai on Monday urged Israeli security services to speed up the
construction of a barrier on the Israeli-Egyptian border, Israel Radio
reported. Yishai told the official station that in the mean time forces
should be deployed at the border to prevent migrants entering. He also
suggested that a prison should be established near the border to detain
asylum seekers caught in the area.
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