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Rafah crossing reopens allowing passage in both directions

Aug. 26, 2018 10:12 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 26, 2018 1:22 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian authorities decided to reopen the Rafah crossing with the besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday allowing passage in both directions after one week of closure due to the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

The Rafah crossing administration in Gaza said that it received orders from the Egyptian authorities to reopen the crossing allowing passage for Palestinians from Gaza into Egypt and the rest of the world, as well as passage for Palestinians returning to Gaza.

The administration added that residents of Gaza, who are signed up on travel waiting lists, should follow up on details regarding the travel process.

About 250 Palestinians cross the Rafah crossing daily into Egypt, while many others are signed up on waiting lists, awaiting departure from the besieged Gaza Strip.

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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