Two crossing for Gaza closed due to festivals
Israeli and Egyptian authorities closed two crossing points with the Gaza Strip Monday because of holidays, Xinhua reported.
The Egyptian authorities would open Rafah crossing Tuesday, said Ayob Abu Shaar, director of the crossing in the Hamas government. Today's closure comes as Egypt celebrates the restoration of Sinai from Israel.
In June last year, Egypt opened Rafah crossing, which connect the Gaza Strip with the world, after Israeli navy attacked a Gaza- bound aid flotilla trying to defy Israel's blockade on the strip. Nine pro-Palestinian Turks were killed in the May 31 raid.
Meanwhile, the Israeli authorities closed Kerem Shalom commercial crossing because of Jewish Passover. Israel would open it again Tuesday, Raed Fattouh, a Palestinian liaison official, said.
Kerem Shalom is the only functioning commercial crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel after Israel shut down four crossings.
Israel imposed a siege on the Gaza Strip, a home of 1.5 million people, in 2007 after Hamas seized control of the territory by force.
Last year, Israel entered facilities to the blockade on the Gaza Strip to calm down international criticism that followed its attack on the flotilla, allowing more goods of civilian usage.