Palestinians wait to cross to the Egyptian side at Rafah border, Gaza Strip, Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. AP
The Egyptian TV channel, citing informed sources, said the breakthrough was due to Egypt's contacts with international parties in the past hours.
US President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he had agreed with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on the sustained entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing.
Biden stated to the press that El-Sisi approved the opening of the Rafah crossing for the entry of around 20 trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Two Egyptian security sources told Reuters Thursday that Egypt has begun repairing the Rafah border crossing after being recently hit nearly four times by Israel.
In an interview with CNN's Christian Amanpour on Tuesday, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry revealed that the crossing had been severely damaged and four Egyptian workers assigned to fix it had been injured.
The Rafah border crossing has received around 3,000 tons of food and medical aid from various Egyptian NGOs to be delivered to Gaza.
Furthermore, Egypt has designated El-Arish airport as a receiving point for foreign aid, which will be delivered to Gaza via the Rafah crossing.
On Wednesday, volunteers from the Decent Life Foundation and the National Alliance for Civil Development Work (NACDW) staged a sit-in in front of the Rafah crossing to protest the attempts to relocate the Palestinians to Sinai and Israel's refusal to allow safe passage for humanitarian aid to Gaza.