Gaza, Alray - Egyptian government is keeping Rafah border crossing closed for the third day under a security pretext.
Rafah border crossing ,which is the only way in and out of the blockaded coastal enclave of 1.7 million Palestinian residents, was opened in 2011 following the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosny Mubarak, whose administration opposed Hamas in Gaza, and helped Israel to enforce the blockade on it.
By closing Rafah crossing, Palestinians living in Gaza cannot leave or enter the strip as all other entrances and exits to Gaza are controlled by Israel, and have been virtually sealed since 2006.
Some Palestinians have found themselves stranded on the Egyptian side of the border, unable to get home.
The Egyptian government gave no indication as to when the border crossing will re-open.