World Bulletin / News Desk
The Egyptian authorities plan to reopen the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for a three-day period starting Tuesday following ten days of closure, a Palestinian official said Monday.
Priority will be given to Gazans seeking medical attention in Egypt, the source, who works at Gaza's crossings and border agency, added.
Meanwhile, agency chairman Maher Sabha called on Egyptian authorities to keep the crossing open on a permanent basis.
On Sunday, scores of Palestinians from Rafah in southern Gaza protested the closure of the crossing, which straddles the border between Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
Egyptian authorities have tightened control of the border with Gaza since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the military establishment.
The Egyptian army has also launched a wide-range campaign to destroy the network of underground tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt.
In recent years, the tunnels have been used to smuggle badly-needed goods into the coastal enclave, which remains subject – along with its roughly 1.7 million inhabitants – to a crippling seven-year-old Israeli embargo.Last Mod: 18 Kasım 2013, 12:18