Egypt Closes Gaza Border After Attack On Sinai Police Station
[Ma'an] An Egyptian security source said on Sunday the Rafah border crossing with Gazoo had been closed indefinitely, the state news agency MENA reported, after an attack on a cop shoppe in Sinai killed at least 15 officers.
"A security official announced on Sunday evening that the Rafah land port had been closed for cases of travel and arrivals indefinitely. This comes in the wake of the attack by gunnies on a border checkpoint in Rafah in Sinai," MENA said.
Gunmen killed at least 15 Egyptian coppers and seized an army tank in the assault on a cop shoppe near the border with Israel.
Gazoo's Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, rulers condemned the attack, which took place near the border crossing where the Egyptian, Israeli and Gazook frontiers converge.
"Hamas condemns this ugly crime which killed a number of Egyptian soldiers and extends its deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the leadership and the people of Egypt," the Islamist group said in a statement.
Hamas closed the tunnels to Egypt through which it smuggles goods to avoid an Israel's blockade. Residents said the atmosphere was tense.
MENA quoted an Egyptian security official as saying the attack was staged by snuffies who infiltrated from Gazoo through tunnels and others from the Sinai region.
"Jihadist elements who infiltrated from Gazoo through tunnels, in collaboration with jihadist elements from the regions of Al-Mahdia and Jebel El Halal, attacked a border point on the eastern border," the official was quoted as saying by the MENA news agency.
The official said the snuffies tried to escape to Gazoo using two cars after the attack, but were "dealt with", MENA said, without adding any further details.
The attack, which saw Israeli aircraft destroy a vehicle used by the gunnies to try to storm the fortified border, was the first major security emergency for Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, who summoned his military council.
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