Israeli Army Takes Full Control of Rafah Crossing
The Israeli army on Monday took full control of the Rafah terminal between the self-ruled Gaza Strip and Egypt, closing the crossing, Palestinian security services said.
"The Israeli army on Monday night totally occupied the Rafah international terminal, which it has transformed into a closed military zone," the security services said in a statement.
It said all the Palestinian employees of the Rafah terminal were expelled.
The terminal is manned by Palestinians with the Israeli army in charge of security, under the self-rule accords which has left the Jewish state in control of Palestinian borders.
The closure came a few hours after a policeman was killed and six other Palestinians, including two other policemen, were wounded as Israeli troops opened fire near the Gaza checkpoint.
Palestinians earlier fired at a group of Israeli soldiers who were repairing a hole in a border fence at Rafah near the crossing-point, and Israeli reinforcements were sent to the area.
Israeli military sources said two soldiers were slightly wounded -- GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AFP)
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