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Egypt temporarily reopens Rafah border crossing with Gaza

Senin 17 Oct 2016 01:49 WIB

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Rafah's gate in Egypt as the enterance to the Gaza Strip, Palestina.

Rafah's gate in Egypt as the enterance to the Gaza Strip, Palestina.

Foto: Reuters

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, GAZA -- Egypt on Saturday temporarily reopened Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, the coastal enclave that Islamic Hamas movement rules, an official statement said.

The Hamas-run corporation for crossings and borders said in press statement that the crossing will be partially reopened for three days, then will be closed for two days and then will be reopened for another four days. "Several buses full of passengers left the Palestinian side of the crossing on the borders between southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, and crossed the borders to the Egyptian side of the crossing," said the statement.

The crossing of Rafah was reopened to allow stranded Palestinians to travel in both directions, mainly patients, students, businessmen and Palestinians holding dual nationalities. Early on Saturday morning, thousands of people gathered outside the crossing waiting to get on the busses and cross to the Egyptian side. Hamas security forces were deployed outside the crossing to ensure security.

Last time Egypt reopened the crossing of Rafah in both directions was on Sept. 3 for three days. Reopening the crossing had recently witnesses progress since last April, after Hamas authorities in Gaza promised to ensure the security of the borderline area between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

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