Rafah crossing to reopen Saturday for three days
Rafah border crossing - YOUM7 (Archive)
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CAIRO: Egypt-Gaza border crossing of Rafah will reopen Saturday for three days for Palestinians stranded at both sides, said the Palestinian embassy in Cairo in a statement Wednesday.

The crossing will reopen in the two directions to allow Palestinians who are allowed residence in Egypt or who hold visas and foreign passports.

“Opening the crossing came following intervention from the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to facilitate [travelling] for our Palestinian people in Gaza Strip,” the statement read.

There were “unremitting contact” with the Egyptian authorities for the travel of humanitarian cases and Palestinians, the statement added.

On May 27, the crossing was reopened for three days for the Palestinians in one direction (Rafah to Gaza); around 1,440 crossed into to the Palestinian side over the three days, Youm7 reported.

The border was opened for three days in January 2015 in both directions. Before that, it was opened briefly in December 2014 to allow students and humanitarian cases to enter Egypt.

Since October 2014 attacks on Egyptian military personnel in Arish of North Sinai, Egypt has launched a military campaign and closed the crossing to build a 1-kilometer buffer zone along the border to stop infiltration of “terrorists” through smuggling tunnels.

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