Egypt renews restrictions at Gaza crossing
Egyptian authorities have renewed some of limitations they agreed to lift at the Rafah border crossing as of Saturday, according to the Palestinian director of the borders and crossings police in Gaza, Salama Baraka. Following a meeting with Egyptian General Intelligence, Baraka was quoted as saying by the AP that Cairo has decided to reduce the number of travellers crossing the border to between 250 and 400, the same number that passed through the border before restrictions were eased.
Baraka conveyed that the Egyptian intelligence representatives have asked the Palestinian side to provide the names of those crossing the border a day in advance. Additionally, Egypt demands that any sick traveller coming from Gaza Strip be medically examined by an Egyptian medical committee.
Palestinian sources reported that Egyptian security authorities have started to slow down procedures at the crossing on Tuesday.