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Rafah border reopened five days after militant attack

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Strict provisions outline which and when Palestinians can cross the Rafah border

Palestinians wait near their luggage at the Rafah border terminal in the southern Gaza Strip before crossing into neighbouring Egypt AFP

Palestinians wait near their luggage at the Rafah border terminal in the southern Gaza Strip before crossing into neighbouring Egypt
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Egypt reopened the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip in both directions on Saturday after five days of closure.

The crossing will be open four hours every day for cases of humanitarian concern. Priority will be granted to Palestinian patients, students and holders of dual nationalities who seek to cross the border.

This policy is a return to the conditions set in place by the Egyptian government since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July. It was disrupted last Monday with an immediate closure of the crossing after a militant attack near the frontier left 25 Egyptian policemen dead.

The military-sponsored ouster of Morsi, who was internationally viewed as an ally of Hamas, has caused tension between the Egyptian government and its Gazan counterpart.

Hamas officials have criticised Egypt’s new policy on the Rafah border for its provisions that limit the number of passengers from 1,200 to only 300 a day.

 

  • abdul .a. shaiky

    The military-sponsored ouster of Morsi, who was internationally viewed as an ally of Hamas, has caused tension between the Egyptian government and its Gazan counterpart.
    HAMAS AND MORSI DO NOT MATCH.!!!
    Hamas are supporters of secular president of Syria,… ALAWATIES SHEAS.!!
    MORSI IS A RELIGIOUS SUNI.!!


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