Palestinians gathered in Abu Yousif An-Najjar sports center, waiting to cross to Egypt in February this year when the crossing was open for 3 days.

Rafah crossing: since the beginning of 2015, it was open for less than one month

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Palestinian Ministry of Interior and National Security in Gaza stated that the Egyptian authorities had opened Rafah border crossing with Gaza for only 27 days since the beginning of last year.

For the first quarter of 2016, the crossing was opened in both ways only for three days, according to the spokesman of the Ministry, Iyad al-Bezem.

Al-Bezem added that the Egyptian authorities closed the crossing gate for a total of 341 days and that in 2015, it was opened only for 24 days.

Since the summer of 2013 the Egyptian authorities have been continuing the completely closure of Rafah border crossing.

It had been opened for a few days since then exceptionally for the travel of extremely sick people, students, and humanitarian cases only.

According to Egyptian sources, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-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 (PA) and not by any other Palestinian faction.

There were more than 25 thousand Palestinian 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.