Rafah crossing open both sides Wed.-Thurs.
Palestinians 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)

CAIRO: Egypt will open both sides of the Rafah border crossing Wednesday and Thursday after about 85 days of closure, according to a Tuesday statement by the Palestinian embassy in Cairo.

The decision comes in response to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s request in a Monday meeting with his Egyptian counterpart, the statement said.

The crossing, largely closed throughout the year, was last open in February for three days. On Feb. 13 alone, some 595 traveled to Gaza and around 726 arrived on the Egyptian side, including patients and students.

Meanwhile, more than 3,000 Israeli tourists arrived in Egypt’s South Sinai March 26 through the Taba border crossing, Youm7 reported.

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