CAIRO: Egyptian authorities decided on Monday evening to close the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for an indefinite period after reopening it for two days to allow pilgrims to cross.
“The Rafah crossing is closed for an indefinite period after crossing the last regiment of Palestinian pilgrims,” a security source told Al-Watan Monday.
Maher Abu Sabha, head of the Gaza crossings authority, said the two-day opening aimed to allow around 800 pilgrims to cross, reported Anadolu Agency.
Relations between Egypt and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, have been strained following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi last July 3.
Egypt’s interim government closed the Rafah crossing, accusing Hamas of interfering in Egypt’s internal affairs and carrying out attacks inside the country. Hamas has repeatedly denied such claims.
Egyptian authorities have opened the Rafah crossing for a total of 13 days since the beginning of 2014, and closed it for 91 days, according to Al Fajr Al Jadid TV.