Sunday, 15 September 2013

Egypt to reopen Gaza borders 'soon' claims Palestinian diplomat


GAZA, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian diplomat said Sunday that Egypt had promised to reopen Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip "soon."

Barakat Al-Farra, the Palestinian ambassador to Egypt, did not give a specific date for the reopening of the only passenger border crossing bypassing Israel.

Egypt shut down the crossing on Wednesday after a deadly car bomb explosion at a security building on the Egyptian side of Rafah town in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

The closure of Rafah virtually cuts Gaza, a home to 1.7 million Palestinians, from the outside world, as traveling through crossings with Israel is strictly limited to patients, foreigners and some businessmen.

"There are Egyptian assurances that the crossing will reopen soon," Al-Farra told a local FM radio broadcasting from Gaza.

He added that traveling will remain restricted to humanitarian cases, holders of foreign passports, and students "until the situation in Sinai improves." more

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