Closing of Egypt's Rafah crossing leaves thousands of Gazans stranded

November 20, 2014 11:32 AM

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Closing of Egypt's Rafah crossing leaves thousands of Gazans stranded

RAFAH Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Egypt's decision to shut its border with the Gaza Strip has stranded thousands of Palestinians on the Egyptian side of the border while around a thousand people in Gaza are desperate to get out for medical treatment in Egypt, officials in Gaza say.

Egypt closed Rafah, the only crossing point between Egypt and the Palestinian territory, on Oct. 25 after attacks by Islamist militants which killed 33 Egyptian soldiers, an assault that prompted Cairo to declare a state of emergency in the area.

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