Palestinian Authority pulls out staff from Rafah crossing with Egypt
RAMALLAH, Sunday, January 6, 2019 (WAFA - official PLO news agency) – The
Palestinian Authority (PA) said on Sunday that it has decided to pull out
its staff working at Gaza's Rafah crossing with Egypt citing Hamas practices
as the reason.
The PA's Civil Affairs Authority said in a statement that "this decision
comes in the light of recent developments and brutal practices of the de
facto gangs" in the Gaza Strip.
It said that the PA sent staff to the crossing "to alleviate the suffering
of the siege" on Gaza, but that "since we took over the Rafah crossing,
Hamas has been obstructing the work of our crew there. We had to bear a lot
in order to give the opportunity for the Egyptian effort to end the
The statement said that "Hamas insists on consolidating the division, the
last of which was summoning, arresting and abusing our employees, and we
came to the conviction of the futility of their presence there because of
Hamas hampering their work and tasks."
Egypt has conditioned opening the Rafah crossing, the only border crossing
for Gazans besides Erez/Beit Hanoun crossing with Israel, on the PA being in
The reconciliation understandings between the PA and Hamas, which controls
Gaza, gives the PA full supervision of the crossings.