GAZA, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Israel on Wednesday closed down three key commercial crossings on its borders with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip for the security of the Jewish holiday of Pesah, a Gaza official in charge of crossings said.
Raed Fatouh, the Palestinian coordinator to operate crossings with Israel, told reporters that he was informed that Israel had closed the three commercial crossings for one day due to the Jewish holiday of Pesah.
Meanwhile, Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt is still closed for several weeks, said an official of the Hamas-ruled ministry of interior, adding that there are 700 patients who need urgent treatment and wait for reopening the crossing.
Adel Zourob called on Egypt to reopen the crossing to allow the patients, the students and the Palestinians who have other nationalities and stuck in Gaza to leave, adding that there are around 4,000 people waiting for the opening of crossing.
Egypt conditions reopening Rafah crossing with implementing the 2005 U.S.-brokered agreement inked with the Palestinian National Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas. source
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Gaza – Ma’an – The Israeli military decided to close three key crossing points into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, blocking deliveries of food, fuel, and other vital goods.
Palestinian border crossings official Raed Fattuh told Ma’an: “We were informed that the crossings will be closed on Wednesday due to the religious holidays and will reopen on Thursday morning.”
On Tuesday Israel allowed a minimum shipment of food, some consumer goods, and grain through two crossing points. A third crossing was closed, preventing the delivery of fuel.
Wednesday is the last day of the Jewish Passover holiday.
Israel has maintained a land, sea, and air blockade of the Gaza Strip since June 2007, causing the territory’s economy to collapse and trapping 1.5 million Palestinians inside. link
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