Rafah Crossing remains closed after 100 days


Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 22 June 2017| 27 Ramadaan 1438

Rafah Crossing, the main artery for Palestinians in Gaza to travel out of the Strip, has been closed for 103 consecutive days, with no indications that it will reopen soon, Quds Press reported yesterday.

The crossing’s gates were last opened on 9 March when a few thousand people travelled through it. More than 30,000 Palestinians have registered to travel through the border, most are students, patients and those separated from their families.

Rafah was opened in May only to allow those stranded in Egypt to return to their homes in Gaza.

So far this year, the crossing has been opened in both directions for only six days, meaning it has been closed for 160. The longest spell that the border has been sealed since the start of an Israeli blockade on the enclave which has entered its eleventh year.

Source – MEMO