Egypt to open Rafah border crossing with Gaza for four days

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Jun 2016

Rafah border crossing
An archival for Rafah border crossing (Photo: Al Ahram)

Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing along the Gaza Strip for four days starting Wednesday, the Palestinian embassy announced in a statement.

"According to the mechanisms set for patients, visa holders and other humanitarian cases, the embassy decided to open the open the border crossing on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday to allow Palestinians in and out," the embassy's Tuesday statement read.

Egypt has closed the Rafah crossing - the only way for Palestinians in and out of the Gaza Strip - for extended periods since a late 2013 terror attack against Egyptian security forces in North Sinai.

However, Cairo has occasionally opened the border crossing to allow civilians with foreign passports, Palestinian students and those with medical needs to travel back and forth.

This is the second time that Egypt has opened the border crossing in less than a month.

Cairo opened the crossing for three days shortly before the holy month of Ramadan began in early June.

One and a half million Palestinians living in Gaza have been under land, air and sea blockade by Israel since 2006.

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