Fatah withdraws officers from Gaza-Egypt crossing

An Egyptian soldier keeps watch at the closed Rafah border crossing, between southern Gaza Strip and Egypt November 6, 2014. (Reuters)
Updated 06 January 2019

Fatah withdraws officers from Gaza-Egypt crossing

  • The Palestinian Authority says Hamas has harassed and detained officers as part of a weeklong effort to stop its rival from holding a rally in Gaza to mark Fatah's anniversary
  • Hamas handed control of the crossing to Abbas's Palestinian Authority in 2017 as part of Egyptian efforts to reconcile the two parties

GAZA CITY: The Palestinian Authority says it is withdrawing its officers from a key crossing point between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Egypt.
The announcement on Sunday came amid rising tension between the militant movement, which took control of Gaza in a 2007, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.
The Palestinian Authority says Hamas has harassed and detained officers as part of a weeklong effort to stop its rival from holding a rally in Gaza to mark Fatah's anniversary. The PA's withdrawal of its officers from the Rafah crossing apparently aims to put pressure on Hamas.
Hamas handed control of the crossing to Abbas's Palestinian Authority in 2017 as part of Egyptian efforts to reconcile the two parties.
Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi in Cairo on Saturday.


Detainees in Bahrain test positive for COVID-19 

Updated 26 min 39 sec ago

Detainees in Bahrain test positive for COVID-19 

DUBAI: Bahrain’s interior ministry said on Monday that a number of female detainees had contracted COVID-19, but did not say how they were infected.
“The necessary medical measures have been taken to treat those infected, and precautionary measures at the site have been strengthened,” the statement on the ministry’s Twitter account said.
The detainees were being held on pending cases related to residency rules violations.
Bahrain has over 85,000 cases of coronavirus with more than 300 deaths.