World Bulletin/News Desk
Egyptian authorities kept the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip open for the second day in a row on Thursday to allow stranded Palestinians into the enclave.
"The Rafah crossing was opened for the second day to allow stranded Palestinians in," Maher Abu Sabha, the head of Gaza's border authority, told The Anadolu Agency.
The Palestinian official appealed to Egyptian authorities to open the terminal in both directions to help assuage the suffering of Palestinians in the blockaded strip.
On Wednesday, Egyptian authorities reopened the crossing after a one-month closure to help nearly 6,000 stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip.
Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing, Gaza's only access to the outside world not under Israeli control, on October 24 following an attack on a military site in the Sinai Peninsula that left 31 Egyptian troops dead.
Egypt has tightened its grip on the border with the blockaded Gaza Strip since last year's ouster of Mohamed Morsi – the country's first freely elected president – by the army.
The repeated crossing closures has made life even more difficult for Gaza's roughly 1.9 million residents, who have groaned under an airtight Israeli blockade since 2007.Last Mod: 27 Kasım 2014, 12:00