Egypt opens Rafah crossing Saturday for three days

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Dec 2016

Rafah crossing
File photo of Egypt's Rafah border crossing to the Gaza strip. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip Saturday for three days, the state-run MENA news agency reported.

The crossing will be open in both directions to allow humanitarian cases to cross.

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

The crossing has been mostly closed by Egyptian authorities since October 2014 on security grounds.

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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