Rafah border crossing opens for 4 days
The Rafah border crossing with Gaza - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Rafah border crossing will open in both directions for four days starting Wednesday, according to a statement by the Palestinian embassy in Cairo.

Palestinians who will be allowed into Egypt will have foreign visas or residencies, be in need of treatment or be classed as “humanitarian cases.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was in Egypt May 8 to discuss the peace initiative with his Egyptian counterpart to resume Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

A total of 742 people crossed into Egypt and 1,217 crossed back into Gaza the last time the crossing was opened May 11-12.

The crossing has only opened 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 on a number of occasions that Hamas is implicated in attacks in Egypt.
Rafah border crossing also opened 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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