479 cross Rafah crossing, 34 injured
The Rafah border crossing with Gaza - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A total of 479 people crossed the Rafah border crossing Tuesday, 79 of which crossed into the Gaza Strip, an official source at the crossing told Youm7 late Wednesday.

Seventeen injured Palestinians and 17 others escorting them crossed into Egypt for treatment, as well as 386 stranded people and holders of non-Palestinian passports, Youm7 reported.

The crossing has opened a number of times since the beginning of Israeli Operation Protective Edge, but only for foreigners, pilgrims and victims in need for critical medical attention. Israel maintains closure of the four crossings it shares with Gaza.

Israel expressed its “willingness” to extend the 72-hour ceasefire brokered by Egypt, which began Tuesday, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Hamas is yet to officially respond to the truce extension. The Israeli ground forces have already withdrawn from the strip as Palestinian and Israeli delegations are pursuing talks in Cairo.

Thus far, no violence has been reported from the Mediterranean enclave. A previous ceasefire brokered by the U.S. faltered a few hours after it began.

Gaza has been largely blockaded by its two neighbors since Hamas took over the strip and drove out Fatah officials in 2007. Gazans also have no control over their territorial waters.

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