Egypt Unrest Impacts Life And Economy in Gaza as Borders Close

Authorities in Egypt Fear Hamas' Support of Morsi

Border Crossing: Egyptian police blocking Rafah crossing into Gaza hoping to prevent Hamas activists from joining Muslim Brotherhood’s struggle.
Haaretz/AFP
Border Crossing: Egyptian police blocking Rafah crossing into Gaza hoping to prevent Hamas activists from joining Muslim Brotherhood’s struggle.

By Haaretz/Amira Hass

Published July 09, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

The continuing unrest in Egypt has taken a humanitarian and economic toll on the Gaza Strip, as the Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah border crossing on the Egypt-Gaza border amid insecurity in the Sinai Peninsula, and out of fear that Hamas activists would join in the struggle on the side of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt’s military overthrew elected leader President Mohammed Morsi last week, amid days of violent demonstrations. Clashes between Islamists and the military have continued since then, and the country’s economy is in dire straits.

The freedom of movement of Gaza residents, which was restricted to begin with, was further affected by last Friday’s decision to close the Rafah crossing until further notice. A few thousand Palestinians wishing to return to Gaza are stuck outside the territory. 150 of them are on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing. 800 residents who made the pilgrimage to Mecca ahead of the month of Ramadan which begins on Wednesday are stuck in Saudi Arabia, since the Egyptian authorities are not allowing Gaza residents to depart from Cairo Airport, obliging them to return to their port of origin.

A further unknown number of Palestinians are trapped at the airport in Cairo. Due to the Rafah crossing’s closure, an unknown number of Palestinians who work or study abroad are unable to return home for the summer vacation.

Read more at Haaretz.com.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • Mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky!
  • If it's true, it's pretty terrifying news.
  • “My mom went to cook at the White House and all I got was this tiny piece of leftover raspberry ganache."
  • Planning on catching "Fading Gigolo" this weekend? Read our review.
  • A new initiative will spend $300 million a year towards strengthening Israel's relationship with the Diaspora. http://jd.fo/q3Iaj Is this money spent wisely?
  • Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Share her remarkable story — told in her letters.
  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • A grumpy Jewish grandfather is wary of his granddaughter's celebrating Easter with the in-laws. But the Seesaw says it might just make her appreciate Judaism more. What do you think?
  • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
  • What can we learn from tragedies like the rampage in suburban Kansas City? For one thing, we must keep our eyes on the real threats that we as Jews face.
  • When is a legume not necessarily a legume? Philologos has the answer.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.