The Rafah crossing is seen by Israel as a weapons supply line for Hamas and a humanitarian lifeline by Gazans.
The U.N. and Red Cross criticized Israel for imperiling relief workers and restricting the delivery of aid throughout the Gaza Strip.
The UN Security Council resolution calls for an 'immediate ceasefire,' followed by an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, amid warnings about a worsening humanitarian situation.
Concerns about Islamist threat have influenced traditionally pro-Arab Europe's view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Violence has plummeted and US forces are pulling back, but the year ahead will test the staying power of gains throughout the country.
He's been critical of monetary policy and has named human rights defenders to key posts.
Israeli forces struck two United Nations schools in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing at least 34 people, as international call for an immediate cease-fire grew.
The world is not willing to allow this strategic nation to remain ungoverned. Can a coordinated effort create a stable government?