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Egypt reopens Rafah border crossing

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Jul 2018
Rafah border crossing
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered on Monday the reopening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza following a three-day closure during the fifth anniversary of the June 30 revolution, Al-Ahram reported. 

The Rafah crossing was opened during the entire month of Ramadan, which ended in mid-June, upon orders from President El-Sisi.

The president's orders came amid the killing of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces during protests in Gaza against the moving of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Egyptian authorities also opened the Rafah crossing during the three-day Eid Al-Fitr holiday following Ramadan, and the crossing has been open since.

The Rafah border crossing is the main gateway to the outside world for 1.8 million Palestinians living in the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip, and is the only crossing point not controlled by Israel.

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