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Rafah crossing to reopen in both directions

Sept. 3, 2018 1:00 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 3, 2018 1:58 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian administration of the Rafah crossing, between Egyptian and Palestinian borders, announced that the crossing would reopen allowing passage in both directions starting on Wednesday.

The Rafah crossing administration said that the crossing would be open in both directions as it has been open in one-way-only for the past week.

Additionally, thousands of Palestinians remain signed up on waiting lists, awaiting departure from the besieged Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing to the rest of the world.

The opening of the crossing allowing passage in both directions came after Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi decided to open the crossing more often to ease the suffering of the Palestinian people.

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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