Palestinians gathered in Abu Yousif An-Najjar sports center, Saturday morning.

Egypt opens Rafah crossing, Saturday and Sunday


Hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are crossing into Egypt this weekend after the Egyptian authorities decided to open the Rafah border crossing for two consecutive days: February 13 and 14.

It will be the first time the crossing has been opened this year.

Early this morning, hundreds of travelers reached the Abu Yousif An-Najjar sports center, waiting the Egyptian side to open the gate.

This rare opening was ordered by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. He decided to closed down the border point since last year’s Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, in fear of attacks on Egyptian soldiers in Sinai.

According to Egyptian sources, Sisi wants to normalize the opening of the Rafah border crossing however, he insists that the Palestinian side would have to be controlled by the Palestinian Authority and not by any single Palestinian faction.

There were more than 25 thousand citizen names registerd at the Ministry of Interior, who need to travel urgently — including around 3,500 medical cases. Only a fraction of those registered and waiting are likely to gain passage through the crossing.