Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Third day in a row: Rafah crossing still closed - by Hamas

Hamas' siege on Gaza continues.

For the third consecutive day, Hamas has not opened the Rafah crossings because of a disagreement with Egypt on logistics.

Egypt closed the crossings on Saturday morning for "administrative and technical" reasons, causing anger from the Gazans waiting to go to Egypt. But since Sunday, Hamas has closed the crossing.

It appears that one major reason Hamas is unhappy is that Egypt maintains a list of thousands of Gazans who are not allowed to enter Egypt. Hamas wants this list, which no doubt includes many of its members, to be discarded.

Notably, the crossing is open from the Egyptian side, and Gazans returning home from Egypt are being allowed through.