World Bulletin / News Desk
Police have been blocking another border post, the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip, since Friday to press the government of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, to help free the seven.
Dozens of police expanded the protest on Sunday by blocking the al-Awja border crossing 40 km (25 miles) south of Rafah, used by trucks that carry goods between Egypt and Israel, the two security sources said.
"Truck traffic has totally stopped," one said.
Gunmen demanding the release of jailed people seized the policemen and soldiers on the road between the Sinai towns of el-Arish and Rafah on Thursday.
Ofer Lefler, spokesman for the Israel Airports Authority, which also controls Israel's land crossings, confirmed traffic had stopped in both directions because of the police action at al-Awja, known in Israel as the Nitzana crossing.
He said goods in and out of the Gaza Strip accounted for the vast majority of traffic through the gateway.Last Mod: 19 Mayıs 2013, 15:57