474 stranded Palestinians cross Rafah border in both directions
Palestinian travelers offer their passports and documents to a border officer as they wait to cross to the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 13, 2015. Egypt has opened its borders with the Gaza Strip for the first time in months on Saturday and will operate for three days, allowing Palestinians to travel in both directions. Maher Abu Sabha, head of Gaza's crossing, says 15,000 people have applied to exit. Rafah is Gaza's only gateway to the outside world with no Israeli control. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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CAIRO: Some 474 Palestinians crossed the Egypt-Gaza border  both directions of the Rafah Egypt-Gaza border crossing, an Egyptian official at the crossing told Youm7 Tuesday.

He added that 600 tons of cement and 66 tons of aggregate, needed for Gaza construction after being almost destroyed due July Israel-Palestinian war, have entered into the strip.

Egyptian authorities opened the crossing for four days in both directions to facilitate the transit of Palestinian passengers, Palestinian embassy in Cairo has announced in a statement, adding that the opening came following a request from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the statement continued.

In October 2014, the crossing was closed indefinitely by the Egyptian authorities in both directions after coordinated attacks killed 27 armed forces personnel in North Sinai’s Sheikh Zuwayed.

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