Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Egypt to open Rafah crossing for 3 days

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Tuesday for three days, a Palestinian crossings official said.

Maher Abu Sabha told Ma'an that the crossing --Gaza's only connection to the outside world -- will be open both ways until Thursday.

The crossing closed last Friday after having been open for seven consecutive days, a rare exception for the border terminal which has otherwise been virtually sealed by Egypt since October 2014.

Thousands of medical patients, students, and foreign residents used the crossing over the past week.

Egyptian authorities have done little to alleviate Israel's eight-year blockade on the Gaza Strip, compounding the devastating effects of a blockade which severely restricts imports, exports and prevents 1.8 million Palestinians from freely leaving and entering the Gaza Strip.

Israel first imposed a blockade on Gaza in 2006 after Hamas rose to power in democratic elections. more