Egypt Shuts Down Gaza Border

    Palestinian travellers gather at the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on May 17, 2013. Egyptian police closed the Rafah border crossing with Gaza in protest at the kidnapping of colleagues in the Sinai peninsula, a security source and witnesses said. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB        (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

    Palestinians at Rafah crossing at Egyptian border on Friday. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty)

    Egyptian police closed a major crossing between Egypt and Gaza on Friday, stringing barbed wire across the border post and chaining the gates. The action was in protest to the kidnapping of six police officers and a military border guard by Islamist gunmen on Thursday. The abductors demanded the release of militants imprisoned on the Egyptian side in exchange for their captives. Although one policeman was released as a sign of goodwill, no information has been given on the other six men. Meanwhile, hundreds are stranded on both sides of the fence.

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