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Egypt closes Rafah border with Gaza over Hamas: Reports

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Egypt has closed its Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip starting Monday in protest of Hamas’ recent behavior, according to several media reports.

A week ago, Egypt resumed the opening of the Gaza-Egypt Rafah border crossing in both directions to help Palestinians stranded at the crossing to enter the North African country on humanitarian grounds.

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Citing security concerns, Israel and Egypt both tightly restrict cross-border movement with Gaza, territory controlled by Hamas.

Rafah is the only exit point for Gazans seeking to travel, via Egypt, to other countries.