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Rafah Crossing closed again

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group and the Palestinian Authority’s leading Fatah faction both called on Egypt to retain control over the Rafah crossing — at least temporarily — while they work out “certain provisions” between themselves.

Control over the crossing was to be transferred to Fatah by Egypt within the next two days as part of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement brokered by Egypt.

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“Hamas and Fatah call on Egypt to postpone the transfer of power (in Gaza) from December 1 to December 10 to finalize certain provisions,” read a statement issued by Hamas.

Egypt shut down the crossing in response to last Friday’s deadly terror attack on the Al-Rawda Mosque in northern Sinai. It was the worst attack on a mosque in the history of the country, leaving more than 300 dead, including at least 30 children, and over 150 others wounded.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.