Rafah border crossing to open Tuesday-Wednesday
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CAIRO: Rafah border crossing is scheduled to open Tuesday and Wednesday to allow Palestinians to get back to Gaza Strip, MENA reported Sunday.

The decision comes following negotiations with the Egyptians authorities, the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo said in a statement Sunday.

“The opening of the border is always relevant to the security situation in Sinai and we hope that the crisis of the common closure of the border is resolved politically away from Hamas stance over the issue,” the embassy added.

The crossing has largely been closed since October 2014 following militant attacks in North Sinai that killed more than 30 Egyptian soldiers.

Due to terror attacks on Egyptian military personnel in North Sinai, the Army has launched numerous military operations on “militants” and closed the border, as well as a 1-kilometer wide buffer zone with a goal of destroying tunnels used for smuggling goods and persons to and from the Gaza strip.

Hamas took control over Gaza strip in 2007 following violent clashes with its rival Fatah, which represents the Palestinian National Authority; an Israeli blockade has been enforced over the strip since then, as well as Egyptian restrictions over long-term opening of the Rafah crossing.

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