Palestinian factions welcome opening of Rafah crossing

The Palestinian Fatah and Hamas movements have welcomed the decision of the Egyptian authorities to permanently open the Rafah border crossing.

As of Sunday, the crossing will by open from 9 am to 5 pm every day except Fridays.

Women of all ages, as well as men under the age of 18 years and over the age of 40, will be allowed to cross without a visa. Palestinians coming in for medical treatment or passing through Egypt to other destinations will also be allowed to go through  border without a visa.

Israel is against the move, but has said that opening the border does not in itself constitute a breach of the peace agreement between the two nations.

Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities have begun to withdraw the equipment used to build a steel wall separating Egypt and Gaza.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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