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Egypt to close down Rafah crossing on Thursday
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08:58, February 05, 2009

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Egypt informed the Palestinians in Gaza that it would close down Rafah crossing point on its borders with the Gaza Strip on Thursday, a Palestinian crossings spokesman said on Wednesday.

Adel Zo'rob, spokesman of crossings and terminals in the deposed government of Hamas that Egypt would close down Rafah border crossing "for delegations and patients without telling the reason."

Since the beginning of the Israeli military assault in Gaza which started on Dec. 27 and ended on Jan. 18, Egypt has opened its borders for humanitarian aids, Arab and foreign delegations and wounded Palestinians.

"Egypt told us the crossing will be closed on Thursday and no one will be able to cross," said Zo'rob, adding "all foreign and Arab delegations who entered Gaza should leave before Thursday."

Egypt and other foreign countries had asked its citizens and the medical teams to leave the Gaza Strip before February 5 without showing the reason, but in fear of a resumption of an Israeli military assault on Gaza.

Meanwhile, Gaza-Israeli crossings coordinator Ra'ed Fatouh said earlier that Israel informed the Palestinians that it would partially and temporarily reopen its crossings with Gaza to allow food and fuels for the Gaza Strip.

"Three key crossing points between Israel and Gaza will be reopened today (Wednesday) to allow food supplies as well as industrial diesel for operating the main Gaza power station," said Fatouh.


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