30 Jan '11, 4pm

Gaza shuts border with Egypt

RAFAH, Palestinian Territories: Gaza's Hamas rulers on Sunday shut down the Rafah border crossing after guards on the Egyptian side fled their posts due to the spiralling unrest gripping the country. As the angry revolt against President Hosni Mubarak entered its sixth day, Hamas officials announced the Rafah crossing would be closed for "several days," preventing hundreds of Palestinians from crossing into Egypt. The move came after Egyptian troops stationed on their side of the crossing fled during the border's normal closure at the weekend, as angry protesters rampaged across the country. Every day between 400 and 500 people cross from Gaza into Egypt. The border closure was likely to keep thousands trapped inside the Gaza Strip, while lack of personnel on the Egyptian side of divided Rafah would also prevent hundreds of Gazans from returning home. With the crossing clo...

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