Egypt shuts border with Gaza, thwarts bid to smuggle rockets into Sinai

The Egypt-Gaza border crossing at Rafah in southern Gaza

Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip on Friday, preventing ambulances and passenger buses from leaving. Israel, meanwhile, continues to maintain its commercial gateway open, allowing in fuel, food, and medical supplies.

Also Friday, Egyptian security forces said they thwarted an attempt to smuggle 20 Grad rockets from the Gaza Strip into the Sinai region. The projectiles were apparently meant to be used in attacks against Israel from the peninsula.

“The Egyptian authorities notified us a short while ago that they are shutting the Rafah Crossing, after it had been partially open on Thursday, without explaining the reasons,” wrote Gaza’s Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad El-Bozom on his Facebook page Friday morning…