Egypt reopens Rafah crossing for 2 days for stranded Palestinians
Rafah Crossing - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Palestinian Embassy in Cairo announced Saturday Egyptian authorities agreed to reopen the Rafah border crossing with Palestine for two days.

“Egyptian authorities decided to reopen the Rafah border crossing Sunday and Monday on both sides for the return of stranded travelers humanitarian cases, and incoming humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip,” the embassy said in a statement.

The statement noted the reopening of the crossing came after intensified discussions between Palestinian and Egyptian authorities.

Stranded medical patients who received treatment in Egypt will be allowed to cross the border on Sunday, while stranded students will cross it Monday, Palestinian Borders Authority Director Maher Abu Sabha of the Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement Saturday.

The latest reopening of the crossing is only the third time it has been open since it was closed following coordinated Oct. 24 militant attacks in North Sinai near the Palestine-Israel border that killed over 30 Egyptian soldiers and injured dozens more.

On Nov. 26, Egypt opened the crossing for two days for stranded Palestinians along the borders and it reopened the crossing again on Nov. 30 for passengers stranded at Arab and Foreign airports.

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