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Egypt closes Rafah border gate for 5th day
Egypt closes Rafah border gate for 5th day

The Egyptian army continued to close the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the fifth day in a row.

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The Egyptian army continued to close the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the fifth day in a row.

"Contacts are underway between the Palestinian side and Egypt to reopen the Rafah gate and to allow in people stranded on both sides," Islam Shahwan, spokesman of the Gaza interior ministry, told Turkish press.

"There are no official pledges to reopen it."

The spokesman said the Egyptian side cites security reasons for the gate's closure.

"They say there is no official decision to shut it."

The Egyptian army closed the crossing on Friday, two days after the overthrow of elected president Mohammad Morsi.

More than 3,000 Palestinians are currently stranded on the Egyptian side, according to an AA correspondent.

The Rafah crossing is Gaza's only gateway to the outside world that surpasses Israel.



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