Egypt closes Rafah border crossing with Gaza

July 5, 2013 13:28

Egypt has closed the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip on Friday indefinitely. 

Maher Abu Sabha, director of border crossings in Gaza says Egypt told Hamas of the indefinite closure.  The Egyptian director of the Rafah terminal, Sami al-Mitwali, said the crossing was closed due to security unrest, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported. 

Nilesat an Egyptian company, that controls a series of Egyptian communications satellites, removed Hamas TV al Quds from the air in recent days.

The closure comes after Islamist gunmen staged multiple attacks on security forces in Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula early Friday, two days after the army overthrew elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, security sources and state television reported.

The security sources said a soldier was killed and two were wounded when a police station in Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip came under rocket fire. The police post is close to the local headquarters of military intelligence. 

Reuters and staff contributed to this report.

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