Officials; Rafah border crossing opened for one more day
Palestinians, hoping to cross into Egypt, are pictured through a fence as they wait at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip - REUTERS

CAIRO: The Egyptian authorities decided Tuesday to extend the opening of the Rafah border crossing for an additional day, after initial plan to open it Sunday and Monday only, according to the Palestinian embassy in Cairo’ statement. Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing, connecting Egypt.

Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing, connecting Egypt and Gaza strip, for the past two days to allow the return of stranded travelers, the entry of humanitarian aids to the strip.

Several stranded patients, who received treatment in Egypt, have crossed on both sides during Sunday and Monday, head of the Egyptian Interior Ministry’s Palestinian Borders Authority Department Maher Abu Sabha said in a statement Monday.

The Palestinian students who are conducting the post-graduate studies will be allowed to cross Tuesday, the statement said.

On Monday, 458 Palestinian patients have entered into Egyptian side, while 437 stranded Palestinian have managed to return back to Gaza, said the statement noting that the Egyptian authorities, for an unknown reason, denied entry of 53 passengers to the Egyptian borders.

On Sunday, 630 Palestinians entered into Egypt for receiving medical treatment and renewing / obtaining residency permits; meanwhile 378 Palestinians, including 23 inmates who were arrested in Egypt over this year, entered into Gaza, according to an Interior Ministry’s statement Sunday.

This is the third time the border crossing was opened since the October 24 attack on the Egyptian military personnel that claimed the lives of over 30 Egyptian soldiers in Sinain.

The border crossing was opened for two days on November 26 before it was opened again in Nov 30.

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