Egypt opens Rafah border crossing in both directions for 2 days
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CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi ordered that the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip reopen in both directions for two days starting from Saturday, state news agency MENA reported Thursday.

The decision comes to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the territory for the first time in three months, security source told MENA.

The crossing has been re-operated exceptionally several times to facilitate the return of the Palestinian people. On Dec. 3, the crossing was reopened from the Palestine side and more than 2,000 passengers crossed.

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.

Egypt’s closure of the crossing, however, began in 2007 after Hamas took over the strip. President Abdel Fatah al Sisi reiterated that regular opening of the border crossing depends on bringing the management under the Palestinian Authority’s control.

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