Delays of up 2.5 hours are being experienced at Erez in spite of prior coordination with the Erez DCL. Additionally, people are having to wait at the gate house (south of the terminal) before being coordinated across to the VIP lounge. The ability to cross to the VIP lounge is arbitrary and is not dependent on how long somebody has been waiting and is applicable to diplomats as well.
At 1.10 pm, the funeral of the Islamic Jihad leader, Mohammed Sheikh Khalil and his deputy who were killed in an IAF attack yesterday moved from el Awda mosque in Rafah. It is reported that about 25,000 persons are participating in the funeral.
At 10.15 pm Hamas leader, Dr Mahmoud al Zaher declared an end to the group`s rocket attacks from Gaza Strip towards Israel. Al Zaher stated that such a move was designed to protect the Palestinian people from further Israeli attacks .
At 4.10 am, an IAF helicopter fired an air-to-ground missile targeting the Al Aqsa martyr's brigade office in the Al Shaboura district of Rafah. No injures were reported however there is damage to the office.