Egypt opens Rafah border crossing for Palestinians  in both directions

Egyptian authorities on Saturday opened the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza in both directions to allow students, patients, humanitarian cases, and residence permit holders in Egypt and other Arab and foreign countries and workers abroad to pass.

The crossing is set to remain open for four days. The responsibility of the crossing is under the Palestinian Authority (PA) since it regained control of Gaza’s border crossings on November 1 following an Egyptian-mediated reconciliation deal between PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party and the Hamas movement.

An Egyptian official speaking on condition of anonymity said that additional work crews were provided from the various bodies operating at the crossing from the Egyptian side to speed up the procedures and facilitate the crossing of Palestinians in both directions, in addition to providing an additional number of vehicles for transport between the two sides.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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