Security alert closes Egypt-Gaza crossing again

The Gaza Strip's main gateway to the outside world was closed again Friday, after opening briefly the previous day, due to an Israeli security alert in the area, European monitors at the crossing said. The monitors, who supervise the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt under a US-brokered deal, were notified by Israeli officials Thursday night of a security alert at a separate nearby crossing used by the European Union staff to reach their posts. That crossing was sealed, preventing the monitors from opening the Rafah terminal Friday morning, said Nigel Milverton, a spokesman for the monitors. A witness on the Gaza side said a line of Palestinians was waiting to cross into Egypt in the hope the frontier would be opened. Milverton said he had no indication when normal operations would be resumed. "Our teams are on standby," he said.