Egypt to open Rafah border on Sunday, Monday

Ahram Online , Saturday 20 Dec 2014

Traffic will be allowed from Egypt to Gaza only

Egypt-Gaza border
Rafah border crossing on Egypt-Gaza border (Photo: Reuters)

The Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip will be open on Sunday and Monday for the second time since one of the deadliest attack on Egyptian soldiers took place in the area in October.

The Palestinian embassy in Cairo said in a press statement that the crossing will open in one direction only, to allow Palestinians as well as humanitarian aid to reach Gaza.

On 24 October, militants killed 31 army personnel and injured at least 30 others in a single car bomb attack in North Sinai. The border has been closed since then, apart from a two-day period starting 26 November. 

Egyptian authorities have kept the crossing mostly closed since former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in 2013, citing security concerns in the Sinai Peninsula where Islamist militants are active.

Egypt has accused Hamas, which rules the Gaza strip, of involvement in terrorist activities in Sinai Peninsula.

Hamas leaders have distanced themselves from violence in Egypt and say they have no armed presence in areas outside Palestinian areas.

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