537 cross Rafah border crossing in both direction
Rafah border

CAIRO: A total of 537 people have crossed over from Egypt to Gaza and vice versa Tuesday, state-run Middle East News Agency (Mena) reported.

A total of 458 people entered Egypt through the crossing while 79 crossed into the Palestinian enclave, officials at the border crossing in Gaza told Mena.

For the second time within a week, Egypt has opened the border crossing on Tuesday for three days.

“Opening the crossing in both directions comes after intensive contact by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with his Egyptian counterpart President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi,” the Palestinian embassy in Cairo said in a statement Sunday.

The Palestinian Interior Ministry announced it has a list of over 15,000 “humanitarian cases” registered to cross the border, which had 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 the attack on Egyptian military personnel in North Sinai’s city of Arish in October 2014, Egypt has closed the crossing and is creating 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.

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