Egypt opens Rafah border with Gaza Strip

Since the Islamist Hamas movement seized power in Gaza a year ago, Israel has sealed the territory to all assistance.

Egypt opens Rafah border with Gaza Strip
Egypt opened its border with the Gaza Strip Tuesday for Palestinians needing to leave the territory, a security official said.

"The Rafah border crossing will be open for two days," the official said.

"It will be open for sick and injured Palestinians, humanitarian cases, and for those with visas for Egypt or other countries and those working or studying in Egypt and abroad," he said, adding Egypt had set no limit for the number of Palestinians crossing.

On June 18, Egypt opened its Gaza border one way for one day to allow Palestinians to return to the Hamas-ruled territory after receiving medical treatment.

Since the Islamist Hamas movement seized power in Gaza a year ago, Israel has sealed the territory to all assistance.

In a similar exceptional opening, Egyptian authorities allowed hundreds of sick Palestinians to cross into Egypt for treatment in May.

As part of a Gaza truce agreement between Israel and Hamas that came into force June 19, the Islamists have been seeking the permanent reopening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, Gaza's only one that bypasses the Jewish state.


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