Cairo - Egyptian authorities have closed the Rafah border
crossing with the Gaza Strip "indefinitely" for security reasons
after a day of deadly violence nationwide, a security official told AFP on
Hundreds of Palestinian travellers were left stranded on
both sides of the crossing, the only gateway into the Hamas-ruled Palestinian
territory that bypasses Israel, witnesses said.
The measure follows widespread unrest in Egypt on Wednesday
after a bloody crackdown by security forces on loyalists of ousted Islamist
president Mohammed Morsi.
The Egyptian authorities closed the border crossing for
several days after the military overthrew Morsi on 3 July. It later re-opened
for four hours a day.
Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood,
strongly denounced Wednesday's crackdown by security forces on protest camps
set up in support of Morsi, who also hails from the Brotherhood.
At least 464 people were killed in violence across Egypt
sparked by the crackdown, the health ministry said on Thursday.