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Egypt closes crossing to Gaza as Abbas tightens noose

The Palestinian Authority's latest action in the Gaza Strip is expected to worsen conditions for the already suffering Palestinians in Gaza.
Palestinian Hamas-hired policemen stand at Rafah border crossing with Egypt, in the southern Gaza Strip January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RC1796B5BC10
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas says recent actions by the Palestinian Authority (PA) are designed to further separate the territories and grease the wheels for the nebulous US plan for peace in the Middle East.

The Fatah-controlled PA in the West Bank has removed its staff that was managing the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Hamas had turned over the crossing's management to the PA in November 2017 as part of a reconciliation deal brokered by Cairo. The deal barely got off the ground before stalling and has been troubled ever since.

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