Egypt Closes Rafah Crossing with Gaza for 4 Days

GAZA, August 7, 2013 (WAFA) – The Egyptian authorities said Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza will be closed for four days, the duration of the end of Ramadan Eid al-Fitr holiday, sources said Wednesday.

They said Egypt said the crossing, the only practical way out or in for Gaza’s 1.7 million residents, will be closed from Thursday through Sunday.

The crossing in the southern end of Gaza has been closed and reopened several times since the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt early July. However, opening hours have been limited to only four hours a day.

Gaza has one more outlet for people that goes through Israel, but the number of people who use it is confined to those traveling between Gaza and the West Bank and only after getting an Israeli permit to cross it.

source : WAFA NEWS