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Egypt opens Rafah crossing allowing passage in one direction

Jan. 13, 2019 2:09 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 14, 2019 1:00 P.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian authorities confirmed that the Rafah border crossing was opened on Sunday in one direction to allow passage of travelers from Egypt into the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Rafah border crossing was opened in one direction to allow entry of passengers, specifically humanitarian cases into Gaza.

The crossing was closed by Egyptian authorities last Sunday after the Palestinian Authority (PA) pulled out its staff working at the Palestinian side of the border over disputes with the Hamas movement, which is the de facto leading political party in Gaza.

The crossing is in preparation to allow the entry of 53 truckloads of goods such as food, fuel, and oil into Gaza, as well as a number of buses transporting Palestinians stranded on the Egyptian side.

The Egyptian authorities pointed out that the Rafah crossing would not allow passage in both directions until a legitimate representative of the PA will be present to manage the crossing from the Palestinian side.

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.

Without access to the Rafah crossing, many Palestinians in Gaza must depend on the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing to exit the besieged territory.

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