Egypt-Gaza border remains closed – Hamas terror tunnel used to smuggle weapons used in Sinai mosque massacre
The Gaza’s border crossing with Egypt that was due to reopen on Saturday will remain closed until further notice following the mosque massacre in neighbouring Sinai.
Gaza’s Rafah border crossing with Egypt had been due to reopen on Saturday for three days.
“The Egyptian side informed us that Rafah will not reopen on Saturday because of the tragic events in Northern Sinai,” an official said.
30 masked ISIS terrorists used burnt-out cars to trap Egyptian worshippers outside a mosque and opened fire as they tried to flee, murdering 305 – including 27 children –before being blown up hours later by Egyptian warplanes.
In the meticulously planned terror attack – the worst Islamist atrocity in Egypt’s modern history – the murderers gunned down civilians while screaming ‘allahu akbar’, causing them to stampede and jump out of windows to escape.
But when the worshippers – many of whom were Sufis, a mystical Islamic sect despised by Sunni jihadists – fled, they were caught in the trap and massacred.
In Gaza, residents have started a blood drive along with other initiatives in solidarity with the victims of the Sinai mosque terror attack.
Reports have also emerged that the weapons used by ISIS terrorists in the mosque massacre were smuggled from Gaza via a terror tunnel.
Egyptian authorities have kept the Rafah crossing sealed since a terrorist attack in the Sinai Peninsula in October 2014, though they have temporarily reopened the crossing several times since that attack, mostly for the passage of humanitarian cases.
Egypt blames Hamas terrorists for providing the weapons for the lethal 2014 attack, which killed 30 soldiers, through one of its smuggling tunnels under the border to Sinai.