World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt will reopen the Rafah crossing on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula for two days, starting from Sunday, to allow Palestinians stranded on the border to return to their homes in the blockaded Palestinian territory, a Palestinian official said Saturday.
"Egyptian authorities had officially informed the Palestinian side that they would reopen the crossing on Sunday and Monday," Maher Abu Sabha, the head of the Palestinian border authority, told The Anadolu Agency.
AA could not immediately obtain comments on Abu Sabha's remarks.
Egypt reopened the crossing on Wednesday and Thursday to allow Palestinians stranded on the border to return to their homes in Gaza, following a one-month closure.
Abu Sabha said around 3,000 Palestinians had waited for the border point to be reopened to return to Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel since 2007.
Palestinian Ambassador in Cairo Jamal al-Choubaki, meanwhile, said Egyptian authorities would reopen the crossing on Sunday and Monday upon request from the Palestinian Authority.
He said in a statement that the crossing would be reopened from 09:00am to 04:00pm on Sunday and Monday.
Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing, Gaza's only access to the outside world that is not controlled by Israel, 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.
Repeated crossing closures have made life even more difficult for Gaza's roughly 1.9 million residents.
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