GAZA, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian authorities on Wednesday closed the Rafah crossing bordering the Gaza Strip following two nearby car bomb attacks on security personnel.
"We were told that Rafah border crossing point is closed because of the security situation in Sinai," an officer at the Gaza side of the crossing said on condition of anonymity.
The Egyptian health ministry said at least six people were killed in the twin bombings in Rafah City, North Sinai of Egypt.
Since the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, the Rafah crossing has been operating in less than half of its capacity. Frequent closures have affected people wanting to travel out of Gaza for humanitarian and educational reasons.
Earlier, Maher Abu Sabha, Hamas chief for crossings affairs, criticized the "very slow movement" at the Rafah crossing, calling on Egypt to lift "the severe restrictions" on Palestinian travelers.
Hamas has taken over Gaza by force in 2007 after routing troops loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose rule is now confined to the West Bank.
Before 2007, the crossing was permanently open based on an international protocol, which stipulates the presence of Palestinian presidential guards and EU monitors.
Hamas refused to reactivate the protocol, stressing that the crossing should be run by the Palestinians and Egypt only.