Egyptian cops close crossing with Gaza
17 May 2013, 14:02
Gaza - Egyptian policemen blocked the crossing into the Gaza
Strip on Friday to protest against the kidnapping of Egyptian security forces
in the Sinai, witnesses and sources said.
Locals said police had placed barbed wire across the
entrance to the border and closed the gates with chains, leaving hundreds of
Palestinians stranded on both sides of the fence.
Islamist gunmen abducted seven Egyptian security forces on
Thursday and have demanded the release of imprisoned militants in exchange for
the men. Three of those abducted have worked at the Rafah crossing, sources
The police at Rafah are calling on Egyptian President Mohammed
Morsi to free their colleagues, the sources said.
Hardline Islamist groups based in North Sinai have exploited
the collapse of state authority after the 2011 uprising that toppled former
President Hosni Mubarak to launch attacks across the border into Israel and on