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Egypt temporarily opens Rafah crossing with Gaza

Published : 27 Aug 2017, 21:58

  DF-Xinhua Report
Palestinians wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah crossing point, in the southern Gaza Strip on Aug. 27, 2017. Photo Xinhua.

Egypt on Sunday temporarily opened Rafah crossing point on its borders with Gaza Strip for two days in both directions, local source said.

"It's the second time Egypt temporarily opens the only key crossing point with the Gaza Strip within the last couple of weeks," it said.

The first time Egypt opened the crossing point of Rafah was ten days ago to enable around 2,000 Palestinian pilgrims from the salient to head to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. The crossing remained close since March this year.

The crossing will be open for two days to enable humanitarian cases of patients and university students to cross the borders into Egypt and also to enable hundreds of Palestinians stranded in Egypt, Hamas said in the statement.

The temporary reopening of the crossing was part of understanding reached in June between Hamas movement and Egyptian security intelligence to ease the hard living situation in the enclave that is under an Israeli blockade since 2007.