Egypt to open Rafah border with Gaza for four days starting Monday

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Nov 2016

Rafah border crossing
File Photo: Palestinians wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was opened by Egyptian authorities, in the southern Gaza Strip September 3, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

The Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip will open for four days, starting from Monday till Friday, state owned MENA agency reported on Sunday.

According to the agency, the opening of the crossing comes based on orders by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

The crossing will be open on both sides to allow humanitarian cases to cross.

Last month, the border crossing was also opened fon orders by El-Sisi to allow the entry of similar cases.

The Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Sinai is the only way for the 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza who have been living under Israeli siege since 2006 to enter and exit the strip.

The border with Egypt has been kept closed for most of the time by Egyptian authorities on security grounds for three years. Cairo periodically opens the border for short periods to allow civilians with foreign passports, Palestinian students and those with medical needs to travel back and forth.  

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