Hundreds cross Refah border into Egypt

As Egytian authorities open gates, 580 people cross into Egypt from Rafah border in first day

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Following Egypt’s re-openning of Rafah border crossing, 580 people entered Egypt from Gaza into Sinai on Saturday.

Maher Abu Sabha, director of border crossings in the Gaza Strip, gave a written statement and said that following the decision of openning the crossing by Egyptian authorities after long time, 580 people, including students, patients and the ones who have foreign passports, passed into Egypt.

228 people, stuck in Egyptian side, also crossed into Gaza due to opening in both directions.

The Gaza Strip has seen the worst casualties since 2009 in terms of people dying due to dire humanitarian situation caused by the blockade imposed by Egypt and Israel, and since the beginning of 2015 the crossing has been open for only 5 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 militant attacks on security and military headquarters in the bordering Sinai Peninsula. Egyptian authorities have confirmed that the Rafah crossing will be open for humanitarian cases for three days.


TRTWorld and agencies