Hundreds of Palestinians who have spent four days in the Sinai heat have called on Egypt to open the Rafah crossing and allow them to return to the Gaza Strip, the Safa news agency reported yesterday.
The site said Palestinians are located in two areas in Egypt: near the Suez Canal and near the Rafah crossing. They have run out of food and water, it added.
Amongst those waiting are children, the elderly and Palestinians who had travelled for medical treatment.
Only 30 taxis are allowed to travel through the crossing each day to make the long journey through the numerous checkpoints in to Gaza.
Egypt has said the rafah crossing will remain closed until tomorrow.
Cairo has reinforced an 11-year siege imposed on Gaza by the Israeli occupation, blocking Palestinians’ ability to travel.