Egypt opens Rafah crossing for 2 days


Egyptian authorities Saturday opened the Rafah crossing between the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt for two days in both directions for “humanitarian cases”.

According to the Palestinian authority for crossings and borders, the crossing is expected to remain open until Sunday evening for the passage of students, sick people, and foreign passports’ holders.

The Palestinian Interior Ministry welcomed the Egyptian decision to open the crossing, expressing hope that the opening will be permanent.

More than 25,000 Palestinians are still in need of traveling, while others are stranded on the Egyptian side waiting to return to the Gaza Strip, according to the Ministry.

The borders authority noted that it had prepared the documents for Palestinians expected to cross on Saturday and Sunday, and has begun to organize buses that will transport travellers through the crossing.

On Tuesday, Egyptian authorities opened the crossing for three days to allow Palestinians passage for the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.


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