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Rafah crossing to allow passage in one direction

Aug. 25, 2018 11:14 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 25, 2018 3:34 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian authorities announced, on Saturday morning, that the Rafah crossing border with the besieged Gaza Strip would be open allowing passage in one direction only for two days.

The crossing would be open on Sunday and Monday to allow the return of Palestinian pilgrims to Gaza following the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

The Rafah crossing administration said, in a statement, that they received no information regarding Palestinians traveling from Gaza into Egypt or of Palestinians returning to Gaza.

Egyptian authorities had announced the closure of the crossing last Monday for the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Hundreds of Palestinians in Egyptian cities await the Rafah crossing reopening in order to return to Gaza, while about 20,000 Palestinians are signed up on waiting lists, awaiting departure from the besieged Gaza Strip to the rest of the world.

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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