Rafah Border Crossing Re-opens

The vital Rafah border crossing, which was closed by Israel for seven weeks, has re-opened. The crossing links the Gaza Strip with Egypt and has suffered numerous closures. The re-opening is for humanitarian cases.

Rafah Border Crossing Re-opens

The European Union Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) said in a statement on Thursday: "As a result of an agreement negotiated by the European Union Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) between the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Rafah crossing point opens today."

Officials at the terminal said that about 50 Palestinians had crossed into the Egyptian town of Rafah an hour after the opening of the terminal and another 3,500 were still waiting. The terminal will be open from 8.30am to 8pm daily. The crossing is Gaza's only gateway to the world that bypasses Israel. It had been closed by Israel on June 25, after a deadly cross-border raid in which Gaza armed groups killed two soldiers and seized a third, sparking a deadly offensive in the coastal strip.
Since then, the crossing has been open just once, on July 18 and 19, to allow Palestinians stranded in Egypt to cross back into the Gaza Strip. Last November, two months after Israel withdrew from Gaza following a 38-year occupation, the Rafah border crossing began operating under a US-brokered Israeli-Palestinian agreement that allowed EU monitors.

Source: Aljazeera.net

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