Egypt Opens Rafah Crossing for Gaza Travelers

The Egyptian authorities opened on Feb. 11, the Rafah border crossing for the travel of passengers with humanitarian cases and holders of foreign documents.

Rafah, 15 Jumadil Awwal 1438/12 February 2017 (MINA) – The Egyptian authorities Saturday opened the Rafah border crossing to allow Gaza travelers movement in and out of the besieged Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said passengers gathered at the Gaza side of the crossing since the early hours of the day in preparation to leave.

Travel priority was given to sick people seeking treatment outside Gaza, students studying abroad and holders of residency papers in other countries.

The Egyptian authorities said the crossing will be open in both directions for three days and for humanitarian cases.

Gaza has been under siege by Israel since 2007 when Hamas took over control of the Gaza Strip.

The border, the only exit for Gazans to the outside to world, has been closed since Egypt overthrew the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement.

It opens occasionally to allow movement of humanitarian cases and travelers stuck on both sides of the border. (T/RS05/RS01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)