Egypt to open Rafah crossing with Gaza Monday

Egyptian authorities will reopen the border for two days on Monday.

Egypt to open Rafah crossing with Gaza Monday

 World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian authorities have decided to reopen the Rafah crossing on the border with the Gaza Strip for two days as of Monday, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

According to the broadcaster, patients and humanitarian aid will be allowed via the terminal during the two-day opening.

Nevertheless, Maher Abu Sabha, the head of Gaza's border authority, said his authority had not been officially notified about the crossing reopening.

Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing, Gaza's only access to the outside world not under Israeli control, in October 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 the ouster of Mohamed Morsi – the country's first freely elected president – by the army in mid2013.

The repeated crossing closures have made life even more difficult for Gaza's roughly 1.9 million residents, who have groaned under an airtight Israeli blockade since 2007.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Mart 2015, 15:47