CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered the opening of Rafah border crossing by extended for two more days, totaling five days of allowing Palestinians in both directions, Youm7 reported Monday.
Around 1,760 people have crossed the borders in both directions over the past two days since the authorities announced it would open it 13-15 June. Hundreds of Palestinians have flocked to the Egypt-Gaza border crossing of Rafah since Saturday.
Palestinian Interior Ministry announced it has a list of over 15,000 “humanitarian cases” registered to cross the borders, which have been closed since May 27.
On May 27, the crossing was reopened for three days for Palestinians in one direction (Rafah to Gaza); around 1,440 crossed into to the Palestinian side over the three days, Youm7 reported.
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.
Further, Egypt’s relations with Hamas, which rules the Gaza strip, severely deteriorated after the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.