Rafah crossing to open Saturday for 300 stranded Palestinians: source
Palestinians present their documents as they wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip December 3, 2015. Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Thursday for two days to allow Palestinians on humanitarian grounds to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip, officials said- REUTERS

CAIRO: The Rafah border crossing  will be exceptionally opened  Saturday to allow the return of  300 stranded Palestinians who were not able to cross to Gaza during the past two days, official source at the border told Youm7.

Thousands of Palestinians milled at the border when Egyptian authorities announced opening it in both directions for two days; Thursday and Friday.

On Friday, the crossing received  500 travelers , including 34 deportees, said the source. Youm7 reported that 126 of them were Palestinians.

Trucks loaded with 605 tons of cement, medical assistance shipment, and 33 Kuwaiti vans carrying clothes and blankets to Gaza, also crossed the border during the two days.

The crossing has largely been closed since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi amid Egyptian disagreements with Hamas and tense security situation in North Sinai. However, the border was opened occasionally to allow humanitarian cases, students and pilgrims in and out of the strip.

Egypt’s closure of the crossing, however, began in 2007 after Hamas took over the strip.

 Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein

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