Egypt reopens Rafah crossing with Gaza

The Rafah crossing, Gaza's only access to the outside world, has remained closed for the last 49 days.

Egypt reopens Rafah crossing with Gaza

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian authorities on Saturday exceptionally reopened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip to allow medical patients in and out of the strip.

Maher Abu Sabha, the head of Gaza's crossing and border authority, said Egyptian authorities had told his authority that the crossing would remain open for three days.

"Medical patients and humanitarian cases would only be allowed to cross," Abu Sabha told Anadolu Agency.

He said 6,000 Palestinians had registered with his authority to travel through the crossing.

The Rafah crossing, Gaza's only access to the outside world, has remained closed for the last 49 days.

Egypt has tightened its grip on the border with Gaza since last July's ouster of Mohamed Morsi – the country's first freely elected president – by the army.

Egyptian authorities accuse Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, of interfering in Egypt's domestic affairs and carrying out attacks inside the country, charges that Hamas has repeatedly denied.

Last Mod: 29 Mart 2014, 10:50
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