Egypt reopens Rafah crossing for those stranded at border
Rafah Crossing - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Rafah Crossing at the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip will be opening for two days to facilitate the transit of Palestinians stranded in Egypt , the Palestinian Ministry of Interior announced Wednesday morning.

The Palestinian Crossing Authority director Maher Abu Sabha said Egyptian authorities informed time the crossing would be reopened from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 Thursday.

Sabha added that there were 25,000 humanitarian cases in need to leave the Gaza strip through Rafah.

The Palestinian Embassy in Cairo said that Egypt allowed only the transit of Palestinians stranded on Egyptian territories to return home.

Egypt closed Rafah crossing following an attack Oct. 24 near the border that killed 31 Egyptian soldiers and injured dozens more. More than 2,600 Palestinians are stranded on the Egyptian side, the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo told The Cairo Post Monday.

The Egyptian Army announced in late October it planned to clear buildings along the border to create a 1km wide buffer zone to prevent illegal border crossing, adding that it would give compensation to those displaced by the measure.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qedra said in his Facebook account Tuesday “Thousands of patients in the Gaza Strip are suffering from health conditions due to the closure of Rafah crossing. Providing for their health depends on an Egyptian urgent decision to reopen it.”

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