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Rafah crossing allows passage in both directions

Aug. 8, 2018 11:23 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2018 11:00 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The administration of the Rafah crossing, between Egyptian and Palestinian borders, announced that the crossing would reopen allowing passage in both directions on Wednesday.

The Rafah crossing administration said that Egypt decided to open the crossing in both directions after allowing it to be open one-way-only, to ease the travel of about 3,300 Muslim pilgrims through the crossing for al-Hajj to Mecca.

The Ministry of Interior in Gaza announced the names of the passengers allowed to go through the Rafah crossing on Wednesday, requesting them to go to the Martyr Abu Youssef al-Najjar hall, located in Khan Younis, in preparation to transport them to the crossing.

There are three crossings into the Gaza Strip and one of them is the Gaza-Egypt crossing known as the Rafah crossing in southern Gaza, which is specifically used for pedestrians. However, it is often closed and lacks infrastructure for it to be a main commercial crossing.

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