Egyptian authorities have closed the Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip over the reports of a new Israeli air strike on the Palestinian side of the crossing, Egyptian security sources said on Sunday.
Egyptian authorities "got the wounded Palestinians and ambulances out of the crossing point after receiving information that there might be Israeli bombardments on the Palestinian side of the border", one official said.
Security sources and witnesses speaking on condition of anonymity said authorities had carried out a sudden and rapid evacuation of the crossing area, removing staff and ambulances from the vicinity of the gates that control access to the crossing.
Gazans live under heavy Israel siege for a long time and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives.
Israel killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, a third of them children in the 22-day military aggression on Gaza and wounded 5,300 Palestinians, and Gaza infrastructure suffered massive damage totaling some 476 million dollars, according to Palestinian medics and officials.
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