Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Rafah border

Following a meeting on Tuesday between Egyptian and PA security commanders, the Gaza-Egypt border at Rafah will be closed from Wednesday evening. This decision follows the movement of thousands of people back and forwards across the border since the Israeli departure on Monday morning.

Haartez Reporting.

Gaza roads

Salah ed Din street at the Netzarim junction has still not been fully repaired and traffic in both directions is filtered down to one lane that is causing delays.

Salah ed Din street is now open to the south of Deir el Balah and Abu Houli junction. This stretch of road had been blocked for nearly 5 years. Resurfacing is currently taking place over large areas of the road however traffic can move in both directions.

The Coastal road is now fully open from north to south Gaza, although some repair work is still required at the site of the former IDF positions to the north of Tel Katifa settlement.

Traffic is now moving on both sides of the concrete blocks that still remain at Abu Houli junction. The eastern side of the blocks had previously been used exclusively by settlers for movement in and out of Kfar Darom.

Palestinian Reporting.

Hamas rally

Hamas is planning a large rally in Palestine Square at 7 pm. A large turn out is expected and roads in the area may be heavily congested.

Palestinian Reporting.

Rafah border

There is an estimated 4000 people currently moving back and forwards over the border between Rafah Sinai and Rafah Gaza.

Palestinian Reporting.

Gaza roads

The Rafah-Khan Younis western road was reopened at 8 pm on Monday. It had been closed since October 2000.

The Salah ed Din-Netzarim junction is now partially reopened with one lane of traffic operating. Additional repair work will be required by the Ministry of Public Works today before the road is fully operational.

The Coastal road is not experiencing the levels of congestion seen on Monday and there is free movement of traffic in both directions.

Palestinian Reporting.

Mawasi drownings

By 11 pm on Monday the number of Palestinian deaths from drowning had risen to eight.

Palestinian Reporting.