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Egypt reopens Gaza border crossing for 4 days

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 Feb 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Gaza, Feb 21: Egyptian authorities on Wednesday reopened the Rafah border crossing with the Palestinian Gaza Strip in both directions for four days.

The Palestinian Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday had announced the border was to open with priority given to medical patients, students and those with dual citizenship, the official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA reported.

Last opened on February 7 for three days, Egypt has typically kept the Rafah crossing closed since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office in 2014.

Rafah serves as the main gateway to the outside world for Gaza’s nearly two million inhabitants. It is the only crossing not controlled by Israel, which has maintained a strict blockade of the strip since 2007 after the Islamist political and military organisation Hamas took control of Gaza.

The opening of the Rafah crossing comes amid an escalated Egyptian military campaign on Egypt’s side of the border in the Sii Peninsula, which began on February 9.

The military campaign has killed 71 alleged militants along with three soldiers and led to 1,800 arrests. (IANS)

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