Egyptian Rafah border opens for two days

Border crossing between Palestine’s Gaza and Egypt’s Rafah to be opened for two days starting Tuesday

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah border with the Palestinian enclave of Gaza for two days starting Tuesday. Travel will be allowed in one direction only, from the Egyptian side to the Palestinian side.

Director of Palestinian border crossings Maher Abu Sabha told Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, "The Egyptian authorities informed the Palestinian side of the opening of the Rafah border south of the Gaza Strip for two days only next Tuesday and Wednesday, in one direction only for the passage of stranded Palestinians on the Egyptian side.”

Abu Sabha has said he hopes that Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah border for longer periods of time, allowing over 15,000 humanitarian cases and over 3,000 patients seeking medical treatment in Egypt.

The Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip said in an earlier statement that the Rafah crossing has seen the worst casualties in Gaza since 2009, and since the beginning of 2015 the crossing has been open for only five days in total.

The Rafah border crossing is the main road linking the Egyptian border town of Rafah to the Palestinian Gaza Strip. It has been mostly closed since the overthrow of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, as a result of subsequent attacks on security and military headquarters in the bordering Sinai Peninsula.

Egyptian authorities have confirmed that the Rafah crossing is open for humanitarian cases.

TRTWorld and agencies