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Egypt reopens the Rafah crossing for three days

Egypt on Sunday opened the border crossing with the Gaza Strip in both directions

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 Jun 2015
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Palestinians walk toward the Rafah border crossing (Photo: AP)
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Egypt on Sunday opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip in both directions for three days, the state-owned MENA news agency has reported.

The Egyptian authorities decided to reopen the crossing in order to allow stranded passengers to pass through it and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid, MENA said.

The Rafah crossing was closed late Friday, after it was open in both directions for a week, allowing 3,819 Palestinians to travel from Gaza to Egypt, and 1,102 Palestinians to enter Gaza from Egypt, according to Palestinian border official Maher Abu Sabha. 

This month marked the first time since March that Egypt allowed movement in both directions at the Rafah crossing.

For security reasons, Egypt has kept the Rafah crossing closed to Palestinians for most of the past two years.

Egypt has accused Hamas, the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip, of aiding militant groups in northern Sinai.  

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