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Rafah border crossing to open for second time in one month

Gaza, home to 1.5 million Palestinians, has been under land air and sea blockade by Israel since 2006

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 Jun 2016
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Gaza's Rafah border with Egypt (AP)
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Egypt will temporarily reopen the Rafah border crossing along the Gaza Strip Wednesday to allow Palestinians in and out, marking the second time the crossing has been open in less than a month.

The Palestinian embassy in Cairo said late Tuesday that the crossing will be open for four days.

Cairo has occasionally reopened the crossing to allow civilians with foreign passports, students and those with medical needs to travel back and forth through the crossing.

The embassy added in a statement that the decision followed talks between President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo earlier last week.

Gaza, home to 1.5 million Palestinians, has been under land, air and sea blockade by Israel since 2006.

The Rafah border crossing is the only way in and out of the Strip for civilians.

Egypt’s relationship with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has been strained since 2013.

Cairo has accused Hamas, which is an offshoot of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, of helping militants in Egypt's Sinai attack Egyptian security forces. Hamas denies the accusations.

Recently, however, there have been signs of easing tensions between Cairo and the Islamist movement.

Wednesday's opening is the third time the crossing has been temporarily opened this year.

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