Egypt to open Rafah border crossing two days for humanitarian cases

Ahram Online , Wednesday 2 Dec 2015

The border will remain open for 48 hours starting Thursday, an Egyptian official at the border told state media

File Photo: Palestinians crossing through the Rafah Border from Egypt (Photo: AP)

Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for two days to allow for the passage of stranded individuals and facilitate humanitarian aid, an Egyptian official at the border told MENA.

The crossing will be opened for Thursday and Friday.

It is not yet clear whether the crossing will be opened on one side or will allow for the passage of traffic in both directions.

The last time the border was opened was in mid October, when authorities partially opened the crossing to allow Palestinian Muslim pilgrims to return to their homes from Saudi Arabia.

Egyptian authorities have, for the most part, kept the Rafah crossing closed since October 2014 following attacks by Islamist militants in North Sinai, which left over 30 security personnel dead.

Egypt has on occasion opened the crossing for three-day periods, on average, allowing those in need of medical care to travel to Egypt and permitting other Palestinians to travel in either direction.

Cairo has accused the Islamist movement Hamas, the de facto ruler of the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip, of aiding militant groups in North Sinai. Hamas has repeatedly denied the accusations.

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