Huffpost WorldPost

Hamas Closes Egyptian Border Crossing With Gaza

Posted: Updated:
HAMAS CLOSES EGYPT BORDER
Hamas officials have closed the border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip to protest repeated delays and the limiting of travelers. | AP

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The ruling Hamas militant group has closed the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt to protest what it says are repeated delays at the crossing since Egypt permanently opened it last week.

Ayoub Abu Shaer, director of the Rafah terminal, says the Palestinians are upset over what he calls the Egyptian "mechanism" at the crossing.

With great fanfare, Egypt last week said it was permanently opening the crossing, Gaza's main gateway to the outside world. But the number of travelers has been limited, and on Saturday, Egypt closed the crossing without notice.

Egypt's new government has promised to reopen the crossing since the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak in February. Mubarak cooperated with Israel during a four-year blockade of Gaza meant to weaken Hamas.

Around the Web

Gaza's Hamas rulers close Egypt border crossing over lack of ...

Hamas challenges Egypt's bid to close Gaza border | Reuters

Hamas Gaza rulers close Egypt border crossing, citing lack of coordination

Open Border at Gaza Is Not So Open, Palestinians Find