Egypt shuts Rafah border crossing amid tensions with Hamas

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Palestinian security forces guard at the closed Rafah border crossing to Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 23, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ??? ???????? ???? ???? ?????? ???? ?????
(Palestinian security forces on guard at the closed Rafah border crossing to Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip, on Aug. 23, 2021)

JNS: Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday, amid increased tensions with Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

It is the first time that the crossing has been shut down during a workday since early 2021, according to AP. It is not clear how long the closure is intended to last.

” … They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness,
And the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever. Malachi 1:4

The report cited Egyptian officials as saying that the closure had to do with Egypt’s efforts to hammer out a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

However, as Israel’s Kan news reported on Sunday night, Cairo is also furious with Hamas over the violent riot at the Gaza-Israel border on Saturday. Hamas, according to Kan, is blaming Palestinian Islamic Jihad for inciting the riot, which resulted in an Israeli Border Police officer being critically wounded. Read More