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Egypt closes Gaza's Rafah crossing after weekend clashes

Beginning Monday, the Egyptian-controlled border crossing with Gaza will be closed in both directions, a Hamas spokesperson said.
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Egypt will indefinitely close its Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, a Hamas official and Egyptian security sources told news outlets, following the weekend’s violent clashes along Gaza’s border with Israel. 

“We were informed by the Egyptian authorities that the Rafah crossing will be closed tomorrow, Monday, in both directions,” Iyad al-Bozom, spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry, said in a statement Sunday. 

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