Thursday, 12 May 2016

Egypt reopens Rafah crossing for second day

Egyptian authorities reopened the Rafah crossing with the besieged Gaza Strip for the second day in a row on Thursday, after an 85-day closure.

The Gaza crossings committee said that 443 Palestinians were able to enter Egypt on Wednesday, while an untold number of Palestinians stuck abroad were able to re-enter the Gaza Strip. Seven buses and several ambulances were also admitted through the crossing during the day, according to the committee.

Priority was given to Egyptian passport holders, humanitarian cases, students and Palestinians with foreign residency.

Egyptian authorities also allowed cement trucks to enter the Palestinian side via the crossing.

The Gaza Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday that the two-day opening was too short a time to process the more than 30,000 passengers registered to cross and waiting for their turn, including humanitarian cases, students who attend schools abroad, patients in need of treatment outside of Gaza, and visa holders who live and work abroad. more

Israeli forces open fire at Gaza farmers, fishermen

Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian farmers in lands near the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip early on Thursday morning.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces deployed in military towers at the border fence in Khuzaa, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at farmers who were harvesting their wheat.

Meanwhile, Israeli navy forces opened fire at fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip, Gaza City and the southern Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into the reports. more