Egypt to open Rafah crossing for four days for humanitarian aid

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 Jan 2017

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A file photo of Rafah border crossing (Photo:Reuters)

Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Saturday for four days to allow the passage of humanitarian aid, state news agency MENA announced Thursday evening.

The crossing in northern Sinai, which will be opened for traffic in both directions, is the only way for 1.8 million Palestinians living in Gaza to enter and exit the strip.

Gaza has been under Israeli siege since 2006.

Since October 2014, the crossing has been closed by Egyptian authorities due to security concerns, though Cairo periodically opens the border temporarily to allow civilians with foreign passports, Palestinian students, and those with medical needs to travel back and forth.

The crossing was last opened temporarily in mid December 2016.

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