Hundreds cross Egypt-Gaza borders in Rafah, open Monday-Tuesday
Rafah Crossing - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO:The Rafah border crossing opened Monday, allowing hundreds to travel both ways between Egypt and Gaza Strip, Youm7 reported.

The crossing, heavily secured, is fully operational, and will open Tuesday as well, an official source told Youm7.

Those crossing into Egypt include “students, holders of foreign residencies, stranded wives and patients,” Maher Abou Sabha, the head of the crossings authority in Gaza, wrote on Facebook Saturday.

In February, Abou Sabha posted figures of travel rates from and to Gaza in recent years.

The figures show that under the presidency of Hosni Mubarak, 29,723 crossed into Egypt in 2009, and 85,210 in 2010.  The 2014 figure is close to the numbers before the 2011 uprising, stopping at 52,437.

The peak of Abou Sabha’s figures, 209,215 crossing into Egypt, was reached in 2012, the first half of which under the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and the second half under the Muslims Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi.

In 2011, under SCAF from Jan. 25, a total of 130,935 crossed into Egypt. In 2013, then Morsi was ousted in July, 152,278 crossed into the country.

On Friday, Abou Sabha claimed on Facebook that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “does not have the will to take over the crossings.”

Egypt, on the other hand, has reiterated that under international law, Israel as the occupying power has responsibility over the welfare and freedom of movement of Palestinians with the six crossings it shares with Gaza.

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