Egypt opens Rafah crossing, Israeli terminal closes

Maan News Agency | June 25, 2012

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egypt opened its Rafah crossing to the Gaza Strip on Monday, after the country’s presidential election results were announced without sparking the feared unrest on the border.

Rafah, the sole passenger crossing open to residents of Gaza, is open in both directions for travel, terminal director Ayyoub Abu Shaar said.

The crossing was closed on Sunday amid a security alert in the northern Sinai. Egyptian security sources said earlier its reopening depended on the security situation.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities closed its commercial terminal into Gaza Kerem Shalom on Monday, a liaison official said.

Crossings officer Raed Fattouh said Israeli officials informed them the crossing would be closed because missiles fired from Gaza landed near the crossing.

Before a truce brokered late Saturday, Gaza militant groups fired dozens of rockets into Gaza as Israeli airstrikes pounded the coastal enclave, killing at least 12 Palestinians.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said four rockets fired from Gaza landed in Israel on Sunday.

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