Egypt to reopen Rafah crossing Sunday for six days

The Rafah crossing represents Gaza's only gateway to the outside world as all other points into or out of the coastal enclave remain tightly sealed by Israel

Egypt to reopen Rafah crossing Sunday for six days

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egyptian authorities will reopen Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip on Sunday for six days, Palestinian ambassador Barakat al-Farra said on Saturday.

"The Rafah crossing will be open as of Sunday until Friday," al-Farra said in a statement published on the Palestinian embassy's website.

Ghazi Hamad, the undersecretary of the Gaza-based foreign ministry, also confirmed the reopening of the terminal on Sunday.

Egyptian authorities have not confirmed the reports.

The Rafah crossing represents Gaza's only gateway to the outside world. All other points into or out of the coastal enclave remain tightly sealed by Israel.

Egyptian authorities closed the terminal on Sunday on the occasion of Eid al-Adha holiday, which ended Friday.

Egyptian authorities have tightened control over the border with Gaza since the army's July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

The Egyptian military has also launched a wide-ranging campaign to destroy the network of underground tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt, which in recent years have been used to smuggle badly-needed commodities into the coastal enclave.

Last Mod: 19 Ekim 2013, 16:21
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