facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Egypt closes Gaza border after soldier killed in Sinai

July 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM   |   Comments

2 of 2
| License Photo
GAZA, July 5 (UPI) -- The Egyptian Army closed the Rafah Crossing with Gaza after a soldier was killed early Friday in Sinai, allegedly by Islamic militants, officials said.

Maher Abu Sabha, the Palestinian official in charge of border crossings, said the Palestinian Authority was notified Rafah would be closed until further notice, the Ma'an news agency reported. Rafah is Gaza's only exit for most of its residents because the border with Israel is generally closed.

Militants fired rockets and machine guns at a checkpoint near the village of al-Gura in the northern Sinai and at a police station, witnesses said. Two soldiers were wounded in the attacks and one was killed.

The militants accuse the Egyptian military of a coup against former President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted this week.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
New York Post defies #ISISMediablackout with graphic James Foley cover
2
David Cameron: 'Increasingly likely' jihadist in Foley video is British citizen
3
New York Times reporter ordered to leave Afghanistan
4
Group tweaks Westboro Baptist Church with 'God Loves Gays' campaign
5
North Korea insults John Kerry on his appearance
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback