Egyptian authorities: Rafah crossing will reopen for 3 days


President of the General Institute for Crossings and Borders in the Gaza Strip, Maher Abu Sabha, announced today that the Egyptian Authorities have decided to open Rafah crossing into Gaza for 3 days next week.

Abu Sabha said in a statement that the Egyptian Authorities would reopen Rafah crossing in both directions for 3 days next week in order to ease the congestion of travelers waiting outside.

The statement indicated that the Egyptian authorities had continued in its closure of Rafah crossing since the detention of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, and had only opened it for a few days to allow hundreds of Palestinians to travel.

The Palestinian embassy in Egypt said that this decision came after PA president Mahmoud Abbas ‘intervention to ease’ the suffering of the people in the Gaza Strip before Ramadan.

The Rafah crossing has been closed since October, with the exception of 15 days of “partially and intermittently” opening it, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a weekly report issued earlier this month.

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