742 crossed into Egypt before Rafah crossing closure
Man asks for a travel permit to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was opened for two days by Egyptian authorities, in the southern Gaza Strip - REUTERS

CAIRO: Rafah border crossing was closed after a two-day opening after 742 people crossed into Egypt and 1,217 crossed back into Gaza Youm7 reported Friday.

Meanwhile 21 Palestinian prisoners who were serving prison terms in Egypt were extradited to the authorities in Gaza. Forty trucks loaded with thousands of tons of cement and four wood trucks were also allowed through the crossing, a source at the crossing told Youm7.

The trucks were allowed to help in reconstruction efforts, as buildings in Gaza have largely been destroyed in the Israeli offensive of summer 2014. The decision to open the crossing was made after a meeting between President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas Monday.

The crossing was only opened exceptionally a few times since a major militant attack in North Sinai’s Sheikh Zuwayed that killed some 27 military personnel in October 2014. The Egyptian authorities have said in a number of occasions that Hamas is implicated in attacks in Egypt.

Rafah border crossing 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.

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