CAIRO: Egyptian authorities decided Tuesday to open the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip for two days for humanitarian reasons.
A source told Al-Bawaba news on Monday that they decided to open the crossing based on a request from Palestine.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed Sunday to Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah crossing to better humanitarian conditions.
According to Anadolu News Agency, director of the Borders and Crossings Authority in Gaza Maher Abu Sabha said that Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing Tuesday morning for travelers on both sides.
He added that travelling across the border will be specified for humanitarian reasons, particularly regarding students and medical patients. Sabha said about nine thousand people are registered with the Borders and Crossings Authority to travel through the Rafah crossing.
Egyptian authorities have opened the Rafah Crossing for a total of 13 days since the beginning of 2014 and closed it for 91 days, according to Al-Fajr Al-Gedeed TV.