Egyptian police angered by the kidnapping of seven colleagues by Islamist gunmen kept a crossing into the Gaza Strip closed again for four days, stranding hundreds of Palestinian travellers, witnesses said, while checks are made.
Egypt sent police reinforcements to the Sinai after an attack on a police camp in the wake of the kidnapping of security personnel. The abductions in the Sinai prompted angry police to shut down border crossings with Gaza and Israel.
The Palestinian National Authority, PNA, extended its support to the Egyptian leadership and people after a deadly attack against a security checkpoint that caused the killing of 16 Egyptian soldiers and wounded others in North Sinai.
Hamas briefly shut down smuggling tunnels on the Egyptian border that are the lifeline of the besieged enclave following an Israeli alert over security in the Sinai. Rafah, Palestinian Territory. 04/14/2010.
Egypt has closed around 80 percent of the roughly 450 Gaza link-tunnels. The move is a response to an attack by Islamic militants that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in Rafah Sinai, Egyptian security said.
Palestinian security delegation in Gaza, visited Egypt and held meetings with Egyptian intelligence and Egyptian officials yesterday, after the attack on the Egyptian army in Rafah in the Sinai that killed 16 border guards.
Egypt will not tolerate a two-way flow of smuggled arms with the Gaza Strip that is destabilising its Sinai peninsula, a senior aide to its Islamist president said, explaining why Egyptian forces flooded sub-border tunnels last week.
Where about 41 of solidarity from the Arab and European countries, the convoy carrying medical aid, food and milk for children. The aid convoy arrived at the northern Sinai district on its way to the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians wait to travel over the Rafah crossing point with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip. The Rafah border crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Egypt was closed due to a kidnapping of police, which have since been released.