Egypt re-opens Rafah crossing

Only one passenger bus was allowed into the Egyptian side until noon, with the Egyptian authorities citing computer malfunction, the source said.

Egypt re-opens Rafah crossing

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egyptian authorities reopened Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip on Sunday after a week of hiatus on the occasion of Eid al-Adha holiday, a Palestinian source in the crossing said.

However, only one passenger bus was allowed into the Egyptian side until noon, with the Egyptian authorities citing computer malfunction, the source said.

No Egyptian official in the crossing was available for comment.

Palestinian ambassador Barakat al-Farra said on Saturday that Egyptian authorities would reopen the border crossing in both directions on Sunday for six days,

Egyptian authorities have tightened control over the border with Gaza since the army's July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

The Egyptian military has also launched a wide-range campaign to destroy the network of underground tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt, which in recent years have been used to smuggle vital commodities into the coastal enclave.

Last Mod: 21 Ekim 2013, 11:30
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